United Nations special envoy of Afghanistan, Diego Cordovez, returned to Islamabad on January 31 for a second round of talks with Pakistani officials on the Afghanistan situation.
1. GV Cordovez being greeted by Pakistani Foreign Ministry Secretary Niaz Naik and other officials at airport 0.21
2. SV Cordovez and Niaz walk across tarmac 0.27
3. SV PAN INTERIOR Cordovez speaking to reporters (SOT) 0.38
4. SV Cordovez gets into car and leaves (2 shots) 0.46
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE THREE):
CORDOVEZ: "The procedure now is quite clear, is adjusted to the substantive needs of the process."
REPORTER: "So do you agree....."
CORDOVEZ: "I don't deny or agree anything."
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Background: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
United Nations special envoy of Afghanistan, Diego Cordovez, returned to Islamabad on January 31 for a second round of talks with Pakistani officials on the Afghanistan situation. The special envoy of U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, had just completed three days of meeting in the Afghan capital, Kabul, with President Babrak Karmal. He told reporters he had a very good trip and described the talks as "substantive", but would not comment on the outcome. The United Nations has repeatedly called for the removal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Mr. Cordovez was greeted by Pakistani Foreign Ministry Secretary Niaz Naik, and held talks with Mr. Niaz and Foreign Minister Sahabzada Yaquo Khan on February 1. Mr. Cordovez has been shuttling between Teheran, Islamabad and Kabul to try and resolve the Afghanistan conflict between the Soviet-back Kabul government and Mujahideen rebels. The Mujahideen want the estimated 100,000 Soviet troops withdrawn from Afghanistan. Mr. Cordovez stressed before the talks the primary concern of the United Nations is that Afghan people can build their future in peace.
Source: REUTERS - KAMAL HYDER