can survive as a viable state, even if safe havens for the Taliban continue to
exist in Pakistan, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said during
a breakfast with reporters Wednesday. He said these safe havens have been a
major and very serious factor in limiting progress in the overall campaign
against the Taliban. Vershbow said although it may be a long time before safe
havens are entirely eliminated, he hopes that the stabilization of the
relationship with Pakistan, the resumption of supply line operations through
the country and continued engagement between NATO commanders and Pakistani
military can reduce the problem's impact.
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