back channel

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Noun1.back channel - an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government); "they negotiated via a back channel"
communication channel, channel, line - (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
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He plunged through the wooded breast of the island, flew down to the lower end, crossed a back channel filled with rough ice to another island, gained a third island, curved back to the main river, and in desperation started to cross it.
Pakistans powerful Army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani told a top American diplomat that his establishment wanted resumption of back channel talks with India, but President Asif Ali Zardari was against it, according to a secret US cable leaked by Wiki Leaks.
Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of the 10th convocation of the Bahauddin Zakaria University here, Qureshi said the back channel engagements with India were at a difficult stage.
Informal back channel talks are now taking place in Europe for the possible resumption of peace talks, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said on Tuesday.
It is worth mentioning here that Qureshi had sauid he was not aware of any back channel talks between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.
Government and NDFP negotiators, however, started back channel talks
He said: "I do not know about back channel or front channel, all that I would be interested as Foreign Minister of this country is an effective channel between Pakistan and India and it could be the back channel, it could be the front channel, so I think it doesn't make any difference, as long as it becomes effective."
Ang in-okay ng Pangulo yung mag-back channel, informal (The President approved the back channel),' Dureza said.
His order came as negotiators from both sides were in Europe for back channel talks to revive peace negotiations, which President Duterte angrily ended last month after the NPA lifted its unilateral truce.
Interacting with media persons before departing for New York to take part in the United Nations General Council Meeting, Qureshi said that back channel diplomacy with India can not be ignored and added that it would be started once again.
Allaying apprehensions in some quarters in India that US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrookes mandate may also include Kashmir, Bruce Riedel, who co-chaired the inter-agency committee which formulated the Af-Pak policy, said: "I do not think, the Obama Administration intends to meddle in Kashmir." Riedel, a former CIA official, said it is in the interest of the US to see tension between India and Pakistan be reduced and diminished and see a resumption of the bilateral composite dialogue and a back channel between India and Pakistan that produced some significant result between 2006 and May 2007.
Durrani said: that back channel diplomacy had the advantage of deniability and [it] was" able to develop innovative solution away from the glare of publicity and public debate."