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PublishDate: Friday, January 23, 2009 17:59

Richard Holbrooke named US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the architect of the Dayton Accords which ended the Bosnian war, will take on responsibility for implementing an integrated strategy to US policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Holbrooke started his foreign service career as a junior State Department officer in what was then known as Saigon, during the Vietnam War.

He stressed Afghanistan and Pakistan were two "distinct " countries but were entwined by history and ethnic ties.

"This is a very difficult assignment as we all know," said Holbrooke, once dubbed the Kissinger of the Balkans.

"Nobody can say the war in Afghanistan has gone well."

"In Pakistan the situation is infinitely complex. I will say that in putting Afghanistan and Pakistan together in the one envoy we fully respect Pakistan has its own history and its own traditions."


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