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Death toll from Indonesia's Mount Merapi eruption exceeds 300

Indonesia's Mount Merapi Volcano

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November 21, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — The death toll from recent eruptions at Indonesia’s volatile Mount Merapi has reached 304, Indonesian media said Sunday.

The death toll climbed after several victims succumbed to illnesses linked to the eruption and severe burns, also more ash-buried bodies have been recently found at the slopes of the volcano, Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said in a statement.

Mount Merapi is one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in Indonesia and has produced more lava flows than any other volcano in the world. It has been active for 10,000 years and has registered eruptions on average every four years.

On October 26 mount Merapi erupted after years of dormancy, a series of eruptions followed. The volcano’s eruption on November 5 was deemed the deadliest in decades.

Merapi is located about 20 miles to the north of Yogyakarta, and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano, with villages as high as 1,700 meters above sea level.

Currently, the volcanic activity has declined and the current eruptions are not enough dangerous to endanger people, the BNPB said. Some 200,000 local residents have already returned home. (*)

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A transcript of PM David Cameron’s press conference at the NATO Summit in Lisbon

British Prime Minister David Cameron gives a press conference at the end of a NATO summit in Lisbon on Saturday Nov. 20, 2010. NATO on Saturday delivered a historic invitation for Russia to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack, a milestone for an alliance that was built to defend against Soviet forces.(Getty Images / AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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November 20, 2010 (KATAKAMI / NUMBER 10.GOV.UK) — Prime Minister David Cameron : Good afternoon.  NATO remains the bedrock of our collective defence and it is the most successful alliance in history: it has kept Europe secure for 61 years.  Whether we’re talking about conventional forces, our nuclear deterrents or how we defend ourselves against new threats, it is only NATO that brings Europe, the United States and Canada together.  My interventions this weekend were focused on NATO’s future, the next steps in Afghanistan, the reform of NATO for the 21st century and our partnership with Russia.

First, Afghanistan.  All 48 ISAF nations today reaffirmed our enduring commitment to a mission that is crucial to our national security, and we agreed today to enter a new phase in the campaign.  Our declaration sets out a clear commitment that transition will begin in early 2011.  We also reaffirmed our support for President Karzai’s objective for the Afghan national security forces to lead and conduct security operations in all provinces by the end of 2014.  This is not a commitment we have made lightly.  All 48 members of the ISAF coalition are agreed.  I know from meeting him today that President Karzai is agreed; so is the Secretary General of the United Nations.  So this is a commitment made at the very highest level with the broadest possible international support.  We also committed today to a long-term relationship with the government of Afghanistan.  Through training, diplomacy and development we will stand by Afghanistan for many years to come.

Britain has been at the centre of this debate.  We are the second largest contributor to ISAF with around 10,000 troops risking their lives in the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.  I salute their bravery and their sacrifice.  By putting their lives on the line they are making lives safer back in Britain.  The commitment we’ve entered into today to transfer the lead responsibility for security to the Afghan government by the end of 2014 will pave the way for British combat troops to be out of Afghanistan by 2015.  This is a firm deadline which we will meet.

At this summit we also agreed on radical reforms to make NATO fit for the security challenges of the 21st century.  NATO’s new strategic concept reflects the thinking we set out in our National Security Strategy.  We will gear up to deal with the new threats: counterterrorism, cyber security, failing states, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  These are NATO’s key tasks for the years ahead.  Nuclear deterrence also remains at the heart of what the alliance is about, but I also want to see progress towards a world free from nuclear weapons, so I praise the courage that President Obama and President Medvedev have shown in agreeing a new START treaty; early ratification would be in all our interests.

Reform of NATO must also mean a more efficient NATO, and we made very good progress on this agenda too.  We will cut the number of command posts from 13,000 to less than 9,000; we will reduce the number of NATO agencies from 14 to three; and we will ensure that all decisions taken at this summit are funded from within NATO’s existing resource plan.  These changes will save Britain tens of millions of pounds and will allow NATO to focus its efforts on the frontline.

There was a discussion at the summit on cooperation between the EU and NATO.  It is, frankly, intolerable that a tangle of bureaucracy in Brussels is preventing practical cooperation on the ground in Afghanistan.  We need to find a way through this as quickly as possible.

As you know, there’s also been a major breakthrough at this summit on missile defence.  Not only have we agreed, for the first time, to establish a missile defence system to protect all NATO members from ballistic missile attacks, but we’ve also taken the unprecedented step of inviting Russia to cooperate with us on that system.  Just a year ago, missile defence was a deeply divisive issue in NATO and in NATO Russia relations.  Today, that same issue is bringing us together, demonstrating that we can and will cooperate with Russia on our vital security interests.  At a time when we face an increasingly grave threat from rogue states with countries like Iran seeking to develop ballistic missile capabilities, these are significant, bold, and necessary steps.

Let me finish by congratulating Secretary General Rasmussen for his outstanding leadership.  In 1949, the alliance first said that an attack against one is an attack against all.  Today, the threats we face are different and the world is in many ways more uncertain, but our alliance remains rock solid and Britain’s commitment to it is as strong as ever.

Thank you, and happy to take some questions.

United Kingdom's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference on November 20, 2010 in Lisbon, as part of a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit of Heads of States and Government held on 19-20 November 2010. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Question

Thank you, Prime Minister.  Is it responsible to set a date for the withdrawal of combat troops irrespective of the situation on the ground?  You’ll be aware your NATO counterparts say that conditions not calendars should determine the withdrawal.

Prime Minister

Well, NATO has itself set a timeline of 2014 by which time transition will be complete and Afghan forces will be in lead control.  The deadline we’ve set, 2015, is beyond that and it is, if you like, a backstop, but let me be clear: it is a deadline, and I think the British public deserve a deadline.  By 2015, we will have been in Helmand Province, the toughest part of Afghanistan, for nine years.  We have 10,000 troops; that is the second largest participation after America.  We’ve paid a very high price in terms of the service that our service personnel have given and the lives that we have lost.  We’ve played a great role in making Afghanistan a stronger and more stable country, and I think it’s only right that we are clear with the British public that there is an endpoint in this work, and it’s an endpoint that is totally consistent with what NATO and the Afghan government have set out.

Question

Prime Minister, can we just be absolutely clear: if, after 2014, you receive a request from either NATO or, indeed, the Afghan government to provide British troops for combat operations in Afghanistan, you will turn it down?  I suppose what I’m asking is, given that the Americans have left that particular door open, why have you been so quick to close it?

Prime Minister

Well, I think that the British people deserve this sort of clarity, and let me be clear: we will go on having a relationship with Afghanistan.  We will have a development relationship, we will be spending aid money in Afghanistan, we’ll have a diplomatic relationship, we’ll have government to government relations, we may have British soldiers helping to go on training their armed forces, which will be essential for the stability of Afghanistan.  But what I’ve said is that from 2015 there won’t be troops in anything like the numbers there are now and there won’t be combat troops.  That is completely consistent with what NATO’s set out, but I think the British public need to know that after having gone into Afghanistan in 2001, having gone into Helmand Province in 2006, having taken such a huge share of the burden, having performed so magnificently all these years, that there is an endpoint, there is a deadline, and that is what I’ve set, totally consistent with what NATO and the Afghan government have set out, but I think absolutely right that we do that.

Question

You say it is consistent with what NATO are saying, but the Secretary General Rasmussen was saying it had to be conditions-based; it could not be calendar-driven.  You are talking about a deadline.  There is a clear difference, isn’t there, there?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk prior to participation in a NATO Russia Council meeting at a NATO summit in Lisbon on Saturday Nov. 20, 2010. NATO planned Saturday to deliver a historic invitation for Russia to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack, a milestone for an alliance that was built to defend against Soviet forces.( Getty Images / AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Prime Minister

Well, I do not accept that there is a difference, because NATO is saying that between early 2011 and 2014, transition will take place, and by 2014, what you will have is the Afghans in lead security control throughout Afghanistan.  When I set this deadline, I set it beyond that mark, but I think it is important, as I say – and the British public have been incredibly supportive and very, very supportive of our brave armed forces and what they do, but I think they deserve to know that there is an endpoint, that this does not go on for ever in terms of a combat mission.

But let me be clear.  We will go on having a relationship with Afghanistan.  We will not walk away from that country, but by 2015, we will have done many, many years in Helmand province, the toughest part of Afghanistan, and I think the British public deserve that sort of certainty about the future.

Question

Just following through on what you have said: 2015 is a deadline you will end British combat operations in Afghanistan, come what may.  We do not know the US position on that.  Would you be willing, as a British Prime Minister, to withdraw British troops from combat operations in Afghanistan if American troops were still engaged in combat?  Would you leave our closest ally fighting alone in Afghanistan?

Prime Minister

We are working extremely closely with our closest ally, and we will go on doing that, but as I have said, I could not be more clear about what 2015 is and what it means.  I mean, let’s be clear: there are other countries that have already moved from combat operations to training missions.  By 2015, we will have spent nine years in Helmand, the toughest part of Afghanistan.  We have already paid a very high price.  We go on paying that price.  We know that we have an important role in bringing the stability and security, which is good for the whole of the world, and good for Britain, because we still face an Islamic terrorist threat that comes out of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, and we have to squeeze that problem from both sides of the border, as we are doing, but I have been absolutely clear about the commitments that we have made and will make.

Question

Are there any commitments in place to ensure that other NATO nations will remain with the combat mission right to the end, and not just leave Britain and America to wash up in the most difficult places?  And what scale of commitment beyond 2015 to the combat mission are you prepared to make?

Prime Minister

Okay, well, two questions there.  First of all, on the issue of as we transition, I think it is important that those countries that are involved in easier parts of the country do not just transition, as it were, over and out, leaving countries like Britain in some of the more testing parts of the country.  I discussed that in my contributions to the ISAF summit here, and President Obama, I know, shares those views; we discussed it.  I think it is important that those countries that are able to benefit from transition early on reinvest into training or into other parts of the country.  This is an alliance of solidarity.  It is important we show that sort of solidarity.

In terms of the future beyond 2015, it is some way away, and I think it is quite a speculation about how many troops would be involved in, for instance, ongoing training of the Afghan army.  But obviously that is something Britain does extremely well, Britain is very involved in that now, and that is something I think, in terms of building the capacity of Afghanistan to go on looking after its own security, is something that may well be in our interests to make a decent sized contribution to.

Question

Prime Minister, as you are aware, there was a degree of resentment among the Americans when the British pulled out of Basra against the wishes of many of the American commanders.  Do you think there may be a similar kind of reaction among the Americans if we pull out of Helmand in a combat role while they are still fighting in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan?

Prime Minister

I just do not sense that at all.  I have spent the last two days sitting next to President Obama at virtually every meeting and virtually every meal, and the relationship between Britain and America, and the cooperation of our forces, and the fact that they are fighting alongside so effectively, I think, is extremely strong.  We are the second largest contributor in Afghanistan, ten thousand troops in the toughest part of the fighting, absolutely, and if you go to Helmand, you see British troops and US Marines working hand-in-hand, side by side, fighting incredibly effectively.  And I think the Americans respect and know that the British forces are forces capable of taking the fight to the enemy, of closing with the enemy and, actually, full combat, no caveat, and equally as effective as any troops anywhere in the world.

So I do not really recognise the overall description, but I think the most important thing is to set out these positions clearly.  That is exactly what I have done and what I have gone on doing today.

Question

Are you able to say whether we are going to start withdrawing troops next year, and can you indicate which districts in Helmand you envisage as being the first ones to be able to be transitioned to Afghan lead?

Prime Minister

I think it would be wrong to try and identify districts.  I mean, the process is that we have agreed at this NATO summit that transition will start in 2011, early 2011.  What now has to follow is a plan and a process that needs to be based on the conditions on the ground about what can be transitioned and when.  Clearly, if it starts in 2011, there should be opportunities for countries to move troops from combat to training or, indeed, to possibly even reduce troop numbers in some way, so these are possibilities that will be examined as the NATO plan is drawn up.  We will play a very clear and important role in that.  As I say, if you look at the role that Britain plays, the second largest troop contributor, involved in the toughest part of the country, absolutely at the heart of NATO, at the heart of the ISAF command where we have the Deputy Com ISAF, absolutely the centre of that process and so involved in both the shaping and the planning of it as well as the execution, and, indeed, as you have indicated in your question, being a beneficiary from that process as well.

Can I thank you all very much for coming and wish you a safe journey home.  Thank you.  (*)

 
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“Firm deadline” for UK troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, says PM Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media during a press conference on day two of the NATO summit at Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL) on November 20, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

 

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November 20, 2010 (KATAKAMI / NUMBER 10.GOV.UK) — Prime Minister David Cameron has said the withdrawal of British combat troops from Afghanistan by 2015 was a “firm deadline” that would be met.

Speaking at the close of the NATO Summit in Lisbon, the PM said Afghan forces would begin taking charge of security from early next year.

Transcript: Press conference at NATO Summit

He said the process would be complete by the end of 2014 allowing British troops to step back from combat roles by 2015.

“The commitment we have entered into today to transfer the lead responsibility for security to the Afghan government by the end of 2014 will pave the way for British combat troops to be out of Afghanistan by 2015,” he told an end-of-summit press conference.

“This is a firm deadline that we will meet.”

Mr Cameron’s comments come after leaders of NATO’s 28 states backed a strategy to transfer leadership for the fight against the Taliban to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai attended the Summit, where he signed a long-term security partnership with NATO.

Mr Cameron hailed today’s agreement as the beginning of a “new phase in the campaign”.

“This is a commitment made at the very highest level, with the broadest possible international support.”

While UK forces would no longer be involved in combat duties by 2015, Mr Cameron said NATO had also agreed to provide long-term support for Afghanistan on training, diplomacy and development.

“We will stand by Afghanistan for many years to come.”

On Friday member states agreed a new 10-year “strategic concept”, a document that defines the fundamental nature of NATO’s role in the world.

The document commits NATO members “to defend one another against attack, including against new threats to the safety of our citizens”, without defining a geographical limit to its theatre of operations.

Also at the Summit, Russia agreed to co-operate on NATO’s programme to defend against ballistic missile attacks.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the two sides had agreed in writing that they no longer posed a threat to one another.  (*)

 
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NATO aims to end combat mission in Afghanistan by 2015

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (2nd L) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R) sign accords in front of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the NATO Summit in Lisbon November 20, 2010 (Photo : Reuters / Yves Herman)

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November 20, 2010. (KATAKAMI / Reuters) – NATO agreed on Saturday to hand control of security in Afghanistan to Afghan forces by the end of 2014 and said the NATO-led force could halt combat operations by the same date if security conditions were good enough.

Some NATO officials fear a rise in violence could make it hard to meet the target date set by Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the security handover, which would leave a vastly reduced number of foreign troops in a training and support role.

But President Barack Obama lifted hopes the target date would be met by saying for the first time that his aim was to halt major U.S. combat operations by the end of 2014 and significantly reduce the number of U.S. troops there.

“Today marks the beginning of a new phase in our mission in Afghanistan,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told an alliance summit in Lisbon attended by the Afghan president and 48 countries with troops in Afghanistan.

“I don’t foresee ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) troops in a combat role beyond 2014, provided of course that the security situation allows us to move into a more supportive role.”

Senior U.S. officials had raised doubts about the target for the end of combat operations, saying Obama would decide when the U.S. combat mission ends only after completed a review of the war. But the president later said he shared the NATO aim.

“My goal is to make sure that by 2014 we have transitioned, Afghans are in the lead, and it is a goal to make sure we are not still engaged in combat operations of the sort we are involved in now,” Obama told a news conference.

Karzai said he also believed the handover, starting early next year, could be completed by the end of 2014 “because I found today strong commitment by the international community.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, however, the handover must be shaped by the security situation and not by timetables. “There are no short cuts to peace,” he said.

PRESSURE ON OBAMA

Obama said counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda in the region were likely to continue after 2014. About 90,000 of the 130,000 ISAF troops are American and there are more than 20,000 other U.S. soldiers based in Afghanistan.

Rasmussen said the new strategy did not mean all 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan would leave by the end of 2014 and said NATO would not abandon the government.

“If the enemies of Afghanistan have the idea that they can just wait it out until we leave, they have the wrong idea,” he said.

The Afghan conflict is widely seen as going badly for the United States and NATO. Obama was stung by criticism last year that he was jeopardizing the lives of U.S. soldiers by announcing U.S. troops would begin withdrawing in July 2011.

Critics said setting the date would embolden the Taliban and the White House had been careful to refer to 2014 only as the date when Afghans would finally take the lead in security rather than as a target for the end of the U.S. combat mission.

Many countries’ leaders face voter pressure to withdraw troops gradually as casualties and costs rise.

Western casualties this year have hit record levels and in the latest attack Taliban suicide bombers on bicycles killed four people and wounded 31 on Saturday.

Despite the problems, Obama, who ordered 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan last year, said he believed NATO forces were making progress in blunting the momentum of the Taliban.

Security analysts, however, have questioned the upbeat assessments of U.S. military officials, saying they appear designed to influence U.S. public opinion.

STRATEGY FRAUGHT WITH DIFFICULTIES

The U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan began in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. The United States and its allies invaded to overthrow the then-ruling Taliban, who had refused to hand over al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

More than 2,200 foreign troops have since been killed there. The withdrawal strategy hinges on efforts to build up Afghan forces so they can contain the insurgency.

The Kabul government is widely seen as too corrupt, unstable and inept to survive long without foreign military support.

NATO enlisted the support of Russia during talks in Lisbon with President Dmitry Medvedev, whose country is not part of NATO and was its Cold War enemy.

Medvedev agreed to expand an agreement to allow equipment to go through its territory to Afghanistan and agreed to look at ways for Russia be involved in a U.S.-European missile defense system designed to protect against a long-range attack.

Thousands of anti-NATO protesters marched peacefully through Lisbon on Saturday and police detained several dozen activists who blocked a road to the military alliance’s summit venue. There were no reports of violence.  (*)

 
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NATO-Russia set on path towards strategic partnership

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November 20, 2010 (KATAKAMI / NATO.INT ) — The third summit in the history of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) took place in Lisbon on 20 November 2010. At the end of this historic gathering, President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia and his counterparts from the other 28 NRC member states issued a joint statement.

In this statement, NRC leaders pledged to “work towards achieving a true strategic and modernised partnership based on the principles of reciprocal confidence, transparency, and predictability, with the aim of contributing to the creation of a common space of peace, security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.”
The NRC Heads of State and Government took a number of important decisions.

First, they endorsed the first ever Joint Review of 21st Century Common Security Challenges, outlining shared views of Russia and Allies on key security questions and ways to address them through practical cooperation.

Second, they agreed on a joint ballistic missile threat assessment and decided to resume Theatre Missile Defence Cooperation. Moreover, they tasked a development of a comprehensive Joint Analysis of the future framework for broader missile defence cooperation. This work will be assessed at the June 2011 meeting of NRC Defence Ministers.

Third, participants reconfirmed a shared determination to assist in the stabilisation of Afghanistan and the whole region. In this context, they welcomed broadened transit arrangements through Russian territory for non-lethal ISAF goods, moved to expand the counter-narcotics training and decided to task a development of an NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund in 2011.

Other issues discussed included NRC cooperation on counter-terrorism, and the fight against piracy.
Summing up the NRC summit, Mr Rasmussen said:

“We have agreed, together, on which security challenges NATO nations and Russia actually face today. What’s most significant is what’s not on the list: each other. The NATO nations and Russia have, today, agreed, in writing, that while we face many security challenges, we pose no threat to each other. That, alone, draws a clear line between the past and the future of NATO-Russia relations.”  (MS)

 
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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Lisbon to attend NATO-Russia Council session

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) arrives at Lisbon airport on November 20, 2010 for a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit of Heads of States and Government held on 19-20 November 2010 in Portugal's capital. (Photo by ANDRE KOSTERS/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R) and Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev arrive for a NATO Russia Council meeting at the NATO summit in Lisbon November 20, 2010. NATO will invite Russia to take part in a U.S.-European missile defense shield at a summit on Saturday, a move that would herald the closest cooperation between the powers since the end of the Cold War. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Vladimir Radionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L), Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Socrates (R) and Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev arrive for the NATO Russia Council Meeting during the second day of the NATO Summit in Lisbon November 20, 2010. NATO will invite Russia to take part in a U.S.-European missile defense shield at a summit on Saturday, a move that would herald the closest cooperation between the powers since the end of the Cold War. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Vladimir Radionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, left, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are seen prior to participating in a NATO Russia Council meeting at a NATO summit in Lisbon on Saturday Nov. 20, 2010. NATO planned Saturday to deliver a historic invitation for Russia to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack, a milestone for an alliance that was built to defend against Soviet forces. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

(From L) Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, France's Minister of Defence and Veterans Alain Juppe and France's Minister of Foreign Affairs Michele Alliot-Marie pose to prior the NRC (NATO-Russian Council) on November 20, 2010 in Lisbon, as part of a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit of Heads of States and Government held on 19-20 November 2010. (AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo by DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are seen before the start of the NATO Russia Council Meeting Working Session at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

 
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