Breaking: Pakistan to open supply routes into Afghanistan
Pakistani truck drivers watch as traffic queues at the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Torkham on May 20, 2012.
July 3rd, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Breaking: Pakistan to open supply routes into Afghanistan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a written statement Tuesday that Pakistan will reopen ground supply lines into Afghanistan that had been closed since last November when a NATO airstrike mistakenly killed 24 Paksitani soldiers in an airstrike near the border of the two countries. Here is the statement from Secretary Clinton:

This morning, I spoke by telephone with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

I once again reiterated our deepest regrets for the tragic incident in Salala last November. I offered our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives. Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives. We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military. We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again.

As I told the former Prime Minister of Pakistan days after the Salala incident, America respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and is committed to working together in pursuit of shared objectives on the basis of mutual interests and mutual respect.

In today’s phone call, Foreign Minister Khar and I talked about the importance of taking coordinated action against terrorists who threaten Pakistan, the United States, and the region; of supporting Afghanistan’s security, stability, and efforts towards reconciliation; and of continuing to work together to advance the many other shared interests we have, from increasing trade and investment to strengthening our people-to-people ties. Our countries should have a relationship that is enduring, strategic, and carefully defined, and that enhances the security and prosperity of both our nations and the region.

The Foreign Minister and I were reminded that our troops – Pakistani and American – are in a fight against a common enemy. We are both sorry for losses suffered by both our countries in this fight against terrorists. We have enhanced our counter-terrorism cooperation against terrorists that threaten Pakistan and the United States, with the goal of defeating Al-Qaida in the region.

In addition, I am pleased that Foreign Minister Khar has informed me that the ground supply lines (GLOC) into Afghanistan are opening. Pakistan will continue not to charge any transit fee in the larger interest of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region. This is a tangible demonstration of Pakistan’s support for a secure, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and our shared objectives in the region. This will also help the United States and ISAF conduct the planned drawdown at a much lower cost. This is critically important to the men and women who are fighting terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Khar has informed me that, consistent with current practice, no lethal equipment will transit the GLOC into Afghanistan except for equipping the ANSF. In concluding the call, I reiterated our deep appreciation to the Government and the people of Pakistan for their many sacrifices and their critical contribution to the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism.


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  1. Medieval India ©

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    SHAME ON INDIA AND ITS BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL CULTURE !!!
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    July 5, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
  2. Shakoor_Kerala_India

    India's goose is cooked. Food shortage is everywhere here. People are taking money out of banks and putting under bed or with patwaris.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • KK

      Get the hell outta there before you starve, man.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  3. NO INDIANS IN MY BACKYARD PLEASE

    “While the storm clouds gather far across the North and East,
    Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
    Let us be grateful for a land so fair,
    Let us thank for the foresight to seek Independence from India,
    As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.”

    July 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  4. Siraj Nai_Agra_India

    Besides emerging as a regional power, the time has come for Pakistan to take the leadership role in the Islamic World and lead them to the path of progress, prosperity and glory. The only nuclear nation in the Islamic World, Pakistan has shown the world that it can stand up to the nuances of world politics on principles and partake in global affairs. Also, that it can equally contribute to the progress of this planet called Earth. The sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in making this world safe is unmatched and deserves a seat at the table of the permanent members of The UN Security Council.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  5. Abdul_West Bengal_India

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN,
    Land that we love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From Kashmir to Karachi and onto New Delhi,
    And to the oceans, white with foam
    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN, Our home sweet home.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  6. Shiraz_Bihar_India

    Pakistan now needs to protect itself from the economic implosion/bubble burst in India. It is over folks, in India. Unemployment is record high, inflation is out of control, rupee has collapsed, budget deficit has widened,, multinationals such as Delta Airlines, Dell Computers, GE and Microsoft are already shifting their call centers to Canada, FDI has almost halted. Nobody wants to do business there anymore as terrorism is shifting there in months to come and the country/politics are too big/corrupt/decentralized to be conducive to do business. Pakistan needs to close its borders along India as Indians will soon be crossing over for food. You will now see Indian government trying to get friendly, solving the Kashmir issue and the cricket team wanting to tour etc.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Khakwani

      That shall be done with your prayers, bhai sahib

      July 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  7. Shiraz_Bihar_India

    Pakistan now needs to protect itself from the economic implosion/bubble burst in India. It is over folks, in India. Unemployment is record high, inflation is out of control, rupee has collapsed, budget deficit has widened,, multinationals such as Delta Airlines, Dell Computers, GE and Microsoft are already shifting their call centers to Canada, FDI has almost halted. Nobody wants to do business there anymore as terrorism is shifting there in months to come and the country/politics are too big/corrupt/decentralized to be conducive to do business. Pakistan needs to close its borders along India as Indians will soon be crossing over for food. You will now see Indian government trying to get friendly, solving the Kashmir issue and the cricket team wanting to tour Pakistan.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Mat

      What are you doing in bihar? Guess what, you are not from India. You close the borders and make sure none from your country come with a bowl or a gun. We dont have place for them.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  8. PAKIS ARE DUMB

    pakis jumping up and down at the bone US threw..hahahahaa..sometimes its necessary for masters to throw extra bones to rabid dogs..in order to get them in line....then its easier to shoot them.....

    July 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  9. Zainab_Uttar Pradesh_India

    i am a muslim from india. Wanna outta here bad.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Mat

      Please.... why wait.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  10. Sajjad Sialkoti

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • peter

      Pakistanis stink and have horrible acne! Drone em

      July 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • PAKIS ARE DUMB

      here comes the dumb paki ..posting same lines...ask ur mulla tot each u new lines...
      PAK sorrounded by India from east and west...indian embassies all over afghan pak border watching all paki antics....now with all investments in oil rich baluch and in afgahnistan..India is the gateway to central asia...pak ahs become irrelevent beggar nation suffering from drone strikes....

      July 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • KK

      Pakistan now needs to set the tone with India and draw the line in sand as to what will be acceptable in terms of Indian behavior in the region. India needs to denuclearized and demilitarized as part of new equation under Pakistan leadership.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  11. krm1007 ©™

    It is a gesture of utmost magnanimity and generosity by Pakistan to continue to enable our American and NATO friends and allies to achieve common goals by offering their national resources and standing with them shoulder to shoulder. They are our partners and we share a unified vision in addressing the challenges facing the world.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Kathlyn

      Thanks big time, Pakistan. You always cpme through for us Americans.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  12. TEN YEARS LATER

    obama folds as American Families weep at the graves of the fallen.

    OBAMA IS WEAK with now sence of leadership . GET OUR DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM OUT OF THERE OBAMA IF YOUR NOT GOING TO DEFEND THEM.

    HOW COULD OBAMA SAY SORRY TO THOSE THAT KILL AMERICANS .

    July 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Travis

      Obama is not truly sorry for any of the fallen. He just says so publically. His animosity for the Muslims is almost unlimited as his policies point out!!!

      July 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • peter

      GW did, he flew the Bin Laden family out of the US on 9-11 and home to those swine the Saudis

      July 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  13. OurDogPakistan

    oh yeah our dog is back.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  14. ding dong ding dong

    PAKISTAN IS JUST A WORD

    RAKING THE US OVER 700 MILLION DOLLARS JUST TO TURN AROUND AND WALK PAST A DIME IS SOMTHING NO OTHER GROUP ON EARTH WOULD PULL ON THEIR WORST DAY

    WHEN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY HAS SHOTING AT U.S. FORCES NOT GOTTEN PEOPLE DEAD

    FOG OF WAR MAYBE

    UNREASONABLE EXPECTATIONS YES

    I STILL WANT TO KNOW WHEN PAKISTAN IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING

    DOES ANYONE ANYWHERE KNOW WHEN PAKISTAN IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING

    NOTICE HOW I DID NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING

    July 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Albert Fish

      I noticed that you're nothing more than a screaming idiot. Perhaps others have as well.

      July 4, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
  15. Agha K. Kalat

    Besides emerging as a regional power, the time has come for Pakistan to take the leadership role in the Islamic World and lead them to the path of progress, prosperity and glory. The only nuclear nation in the Islamic World, Pakistan has shown the world that it can stand up to the nuances of world politics on principles and partake in global affairs. Also, that it can equally contribute to the progress of this planet called Earth. The sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in making this world safe are unmatched and deserves a seat at the table of the permanent members of The UN Security Council.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • OurDogPakistan

      oh yeah our dog is smart too!

      July 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Yea, right! The Pakistani government has no effective control over their military or secret service! When the sun goes down, the Pakistani military goes to sleep. The US supply convoys suffered many attacks on Pakistani soil because the military provided no security after dark. The US got Bin Laden during the night, knowing that the military was sound asleep! The secret service conducted a terrorist attack on India, the government denies any knowledge of this!
      Pakistan is not a reliable country! The government, the military, the secret service all serve different masters!
      Now that the US convoys can again proceed, we will see these convoys attacked on Pakistani soil. Sleep comes first!
      Be sure that these convoys will be attacked after dark very soon!

      July 4, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
  16. S. Geoffrey Marcus

    Pakistan “RISING” has established itself as part of a very dynamic regional paradigm amalgamating it geographically with Central Asia, Middle East and Europe. While also situated at the gateway to the Arabian Gulf, Pakistan will also have access to the waters of the Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Arabian Sea, China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. This positions Pakistan at the crossroads to peace and prosperity in the world and economic well-being as well as military clout.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  17. George Patton

    I see that the Pakis sold out again to the highest bidder!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Albert Fish

      And you'd 'sell out' to the lowest?

      July 4, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Only the Pakistani "government" bought our deal! The government doesn't control the military nor their secret service.
      Now the military and secret service can start bombing these convoys again with impunity! This will happen!

      July 4, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  18. Reprinted With Permission ©

    All hands on deck, Pakistan.
    The world is lovely, bright and deep,
    But we have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before we sleep
    And miles to go before we sleep

    July 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Sadiq Sabzwari

      Yes, and ways to go before we blink !!!

      July 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • A. Kalunian

      However, beware of the Indian stink

      July 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • Garnishneu

        Wait a minute some thing doesnt smell funny hear,,, wait a minute your not Arab

        July 4, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • PAKIS ARE DUMB

        poor pakis always run around smelling indians..paki doggies...hahhaha

        July 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Ha! The Pakistani military prefers to sleep first! This is how we got Bin Laden, they were fast asleep! The military is also fast asleep when our convoys were being attacked and bombed on Pakistani soil! Sorry guys, we need our sleep!

      July 4, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • PAKIS ARE DUMB

      beggar pak cut out from india like a turd
      US drone is now pak's national bird......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  19. Jan Matthews

    Indeed, Pakistan has taken the high road and surfed the highest crest of the wave. Bravo.

    There is a tide in the affairs of men.
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • F150

      I agree. Pakistan took the high road by allowing the US to continue drone strikes in their own terrorist infested land. Which other country would have such a big heart to be nice to both terrorists as well as the US?

      July 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • Gomez

      Pakistan has shown tremendous maturity in diplomacy while negotaiting with the superpowers. US and Pakistan make a good team.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
      • F150

        That is true. Pakistan has partnered with the US and allowed it to perfect its drone technology. Where would the US drone technology be without Pakistan's help? When the two countries work together, they can come with something like drones, which should be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for killing so many Pakistani terrorists.

        July 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Jamie J

      Kudos to USA and Pakistan for bringing this to a very pleasant conclusion. Way to go partners.

      July 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        The Pakistani government and the US government "reached a deal"! No deal was made with the Pakistani military or secret service! They will continue to "do their own thing", which includes bombing these convoys! The first bombing should happen very soon! Count on it!

        July 4, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  20. krm1007 ©™

    Today, Pakistan and India should also resolve to move forward together in solving all the issues facing the two countries in an expeditious manner. If nothing else, in the best interests of the two peoples and for the sake of alleviating poverty amongst them. Life is too short and much is to be done. Let us endeavor to leave behind a heritage for our new generations that they will be proud of. Let us together aim to leave behind a legacy of peace, progress and prosperity that we so desperately need. Together we can prevail.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • ralph carbone

      Americans and Europeans encourage both countries to put the past behind them and engage constructively. If Indians are so peace loving, why don't we see some productive comments coming from them in this forum. I'm a scrathing my head.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
      • Anjaan

        Pakistan is a pawn of the Anglo-American powers, and as long as this does not change, India will not lower its guard against Pakistan .... ! Peace is welcome, but not through any Indian concessions ........ !

        July 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
      • ralph carbone

        That is exactly my point. All vitriol...nothing constructive. Small minded people these Indians. Talibans know how to deal with them.

        July 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  21. Khanzada Shahnawaz Bilgrami

    Blessed be the sacred Land
    Happy be the bounteous realm
    Symbol of high resolve
    Land of Pakistan
    Blessed be thou citadel of faith

    The order of this sacred land
    Is the might of the brotherhood of the People
    May the nation, the country, and the state
    Shine in glory everlasting
    Blessed be the goal of our ambition

    This Flag of the Crescent and Star
    Leads the way to progress and perfection
    Interpreter of our past, glory of our present
    Inspiration of our future
    Symbol of Almighty's protection

    July 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Rajesh Kapadia

      God Bless you Bilgrami.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  22. Nadir Imam

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN,
    Land that we love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From Kashmir to Karachi and onto New Delhi,
    And to the oceans, white with foam
    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN, Our home sweet home.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Kureshi

      Allah bless you also my friend.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  23. krm1007 ©™

    Besides emerging as a regional power, the time has come for Pakistan to take the leadership role in the Islamic World and lead them to the path of progress, prosperity and glory. The only nuclear nation in the Islamic World, Pakistan has shown the world that it can stand up to the nuances of world politics on principles and partake in global affairs. Also, that it can equally contribute to the progress of this planet called Earth. The sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in making this world safe is unmatched and deserves a seat at the table of the permanent members of The UN Security Council.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  24. Clinton

    The US should have cut all ties with Pakistan when they found out they were Harboring Osama Bin Laden. Basically they let our enemy, a man responsible for the death's of over 3000 of our citizens, live in their backyard. They are an evil people, they lied to our faces and helped our enemy, they basically ARE our enemy... I think when all is said and done, we will get revenge on Pakistan some day.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  25. skintaj

    Good Decision. Cool heads prevailed at the end. Fact is BOTH countries need each other to fight this terror war. At least now we know how much goodies USA had been enjoying FREE from Pakistan.... only 6 months blockade and Pentagon started crying for more money for crunch they were having on them !!!!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Pakistan is the one that's crying... begging us to stop Al Quaida in Pakistan... because Paki's are too pathetic to take out people in their own back yard. This is sad.... I'm dissapointed that Hilary Clinton would say what she said about the Paki's that died... They fired on us, what the hell do they expect? They knew it was US planes, the Taliban doesn't fly frackin fighter jets around... Pakis were stupid enough to fire on the US Military and we returned fire and destroyed them... I don't really care about the Paki's saying it was within their borders because you know what, we're going to fight Al Quaeda wherever they are, in Pakistan or Wherever, so if you don't want bombs raining down on your country then kick out the terrorists you are harboring.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  26. Reality

    Now they know importance of Pakistan, but Muslim haters won't like this deal.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Pakistan isn't important, the only thing Pakistan is needed for is a cheaper overland route to our bases in Afghanistan. Pakistan is an incompetent nation full of backstabbing people that lie to your face and support the enemy behind your back, i respect the Taliban more than the Pakistanis... at least the Taliban will tell you they are your enemy, while the Pakistanis sit back and harbor the most evil Terrorist of our time Osama bin laden in their back yard.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  27. Talibob

    We need more sheep in ButtPhuckIsStan.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  28. PAKIS ARE DUMB

    after months of begging for apology..hillary spat out a half baked starmeent about losses to both side...and the dumb pakis on this forum are dancing in their cesspit....hahhaha...whts the use of half baked apology if missile strikes continue..and who will feed the pakis when US dont need their roads after 2014..?????hahhhahahhha

    July 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  29. PAKIS ARE DUMB

    por pakis... did they not beg for obama to apologise..??? hahhhhaha...whats the use of a minor apology but no end to missile strikes....??????hahahhhah

    July 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  30. krm1007 ©™

    It is a gesture of utmost magnanimity and generosity by Pakistan to continue to enable our American and NATO friends and allies to achieve common goals by offering their national resources and standing with them shoulder to shoulder. They are our partners and we share a unified vision in adressing the challenges facing the world.

    The words of apology from United States and reciprocated by Pakistan are soothing to the families of those who died. For that Pakistan is thankful. It shows much maturity on part of Americans and Pakistanis alike. Let us move forward together in tackling the problems facing the world today, in particular terrorism and poverty that are close to the hearts of both peoples.

    Together we shall prevail, as we have done in the past while overcoming insurmountable odds. After all, the Americans and Pakistanis share common values and history in the struggle for their Independence
    God Speed. "In God We Trust".

    July 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • PAKIS ARE DUMB

      poor pakis..opened up...with empty beging bowl...what else can they do....no ransom for holding nato trucks ..no end to drone strikes...no major apology....poor pakis......

      July 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • PAKIS ARE DUMB

      pakis have 'prevailed' due to US filling ur begging bowl..thats ending in 2014..then who will help u 'prevail'...???hhahahahhha....then u r off the world map....

      July 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Govind Kumar

      Your articulation of todays events indeed deserves commendation. Well Done !

      July 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • F150

      @krm Giving aid $$ is a sign of magnanimity, whereas receiving aid or charity money is not. You are confused.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Sharif Abdul

      @krm1007. Thank you for expressing our feelings. We could not have spoken better.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Altaf Brohi

      Bless you, Saeen.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Punjab Da Sher

      Wah Jee Wah. Tumhare moon mein ghee shukur. Kia baat hai aapke likhai key

      July 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Joseph Bardsley

      Great write up. The Pakistan State Dept (Foreign Affairs) should commission you to represent them.

      July 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • OurDogPakistan

      mohammed is that you? what is that thing krm1007?

      July 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      The Pakistan "government" may share our values, but the Pakistani military and secret service pursue their own goals! The government has very limited control over the military and secret service. Nothing will change! The military does not answer to the government and the secret service does whatever they please! Until this changes, Pakistan is no "friend" or ally of the US! Now that US supplies can cross Pakistani boarders again, be sure that these convoys will be attacked and bombed again! The military is not on the same page as the government! This will not change.

      July 4, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
  31. new

    PAKISTAN ALMOST DID SOMTHING TODAY

    July 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • OurDogPakistan

      Ummmmm let me guess; our dog peed on fire hydrant !

      July 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply

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