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Reagan calls Afghanistan hurdle to US-Soviet accord

Just two weeks before the United States and the Soviet Union are to meet in an effort to break a stalemate in nuclear arms negotiations, President Reagan declared Wednesday that Moscow's five-year occupation of Afghanistan ''constitutes a serious impediment to the improvement of our bilateral relations.''

''We cannot and will not remain silent on Afghanistan,'' said Mr. Reagan on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Soviet invasion of that nation. ''We join our voice with other members of the world community in calling for a prompt , negotiated end to this brutal conflict.

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