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161200ZMAY07 CJ3 JEC S//NF) DEMARCHE ON KILLING OF U.S. SOLDIER ON AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN BORDER: (Source: SECSTATE WASHDC 66592, 15 May 07)
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Classification: SECRET / NOFORN Classification: SECRET / NOFORN CSTC-A DCG for Pol-Mil Affairs Daily Cable Summaries 16 May 2007 (S//NF) DEMARCHE ON KILLING OF U.S. SOLDIER ON AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN BORDER: (Source: SECSTATE WASHDC 66592, 15 May 07) On May 14, a US soldier was shot and killed, and several others wounded, in Pakistan near the Afghan border. According to some reports, the shootings were carried out by one or more members of the Pakistani Frontier Corps. Washington requests Embassies Kabul and Islamabad to approach host-country officials at highest appropriate level to convey Washington''s deep concern about this incident. Embassies should make clear that the military delegation was present on May 14 solely to mediate between the Afghan and Pakistani militaries. Consequently, regardless of how the shootings occurred, it was the reckless engagement of Pakistani and Afghan forces that led to the US soldier being killed and others wounded. Embassies should state that the continuation of these border incidents is unacceptable among allies, as it needlessly jeopardizes lives and detracts from our combined efforts against the common enemy. The Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan should resort only to established channels, such as the Tripartite Commission and established liaison officers in the field, to address such disagreements. Embassies may explain that similar demarches are being made in both Kabul and Islamabad.