The United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that civilians in Afghanistan were fleeing the country's large cities, with some of the displaced headed to small villages and others aiming to cross borders with Iran and Pakistan.
In its first formal session today, East Timor's newly elected Constituent Assembly voted with an overwhelming majority for Fretilin President Franscico Guterres as its Speaker, according to the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET).
The Office of the United Nations Coordinator for Afghanistan today said the humanitarian situation in the country was dramatic, with millions of civilians - mostly women and children - "too poor or unable to move" from their villages because of the armed conflict that rages over half of the territory.
More than 600 East Timorese refugees returned to their homeland from camps in Indonesian West Timor today in a process facilitated by a Timorese independence leader and former militia leaders, the United Nations administration in the territory said in a statement.
East Timorese leaders met today in Jakarta with Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri for the first time since she took office, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said on Wednesday.
The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the 30 August elections for East Timor's first Constituent Assembly and urged all parties to work together to draft a constitution that reflects the will of the East Timorese people.