Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:13 pm on 14th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Liberal Democrat 4:13 pm, 14th November 2001

My Lords, noble Lords will agree that we should be grateful for a Statement which confirms that we can now move on to a more positive, pragmatic and happier stage of this crisis. Can the noble and learned Lord reassure those of us who continue to fear a continuing and long-term cycle of violence in Afghanistan by confirming that our Government have a realistic expectation that the Northern Alliance is reasonably committed to the transitional arrangements which he has outlined? Is it also reasonably committed to a long-term pluralistic government for Afghanistan which includes the Pushtun and other elements representing the population of the south?