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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Saleem Safi
"There was no progress in these discussions because the parties to the conflict were not represented," Mr. Safi said. "Even if there were Pakistani politicians and government figures, they were there in their personal capacity as analysts or regional specialists."
Mr. Safi said he and another journalist in attendance would not have been allowed to stay if sensitive negotiations with armed opposition groups were taking place.