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High UN official alarmed at Taliban detention of staff of aid organization

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today expressed alarm at the detention today in Kabul by the Taliban of up to 10 Afghan staff of an aid organization, International Assistance Mission (IAM).

Fiji elections reflect "the will of the people": UN observation mission

Having observed the counting process of Fiji's general elections from 3-7 September, the United Nations mission there concluded today that the voting results reflected the will of the Fijian people.

UN population official says States must prepare for demographic changes

A senior United Nations official today told a gathering of experts in Asia that dramatic demographic changes expected in the coming years would present vital challenges to governments and the international community.

UN agency holds talks with Indonesia on return of East Timorese refugees

The United Nations Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees arrived in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta today for talks with senior government officials about the return of 80,000 East Timorese refugees who fled the post-referendum violence of 1999.

UN says its flight operations in Afghanistan are crucial to saving lives

Responding to Taliban threats to ban flights over Afghanistan, the Office of the United Nations Coordinator for the country today stressed the importance of its air operations in maintaining urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

East Timor: UN mission expects large refugee group to return from West Timor

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today said it expects about 2,000 East Timorese refugees to return from West Timor next week following five days of talks with refugee leaders.

Cambodia: UN agency delivers urgent food supplies to flood-threatened areas

With a new flood season threatening Cambodia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is sending emergency supplies to some 40,000 people whose homes and food stocks have been washed away.

UN announces final results of East Timor's first-ever democratic elections

The Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) has captured a majority of 55 seats in the 88-member Constituent Assembly, as the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today announced the results of the territory's first-ever democratic elections.

In talks with Taliban, senior UN envoy presses case for detained aid workers

A senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today discussed with Taliban officials the current situation in that country and pressed for access to detained aid workers, a UN spokesman said in New York.

UN mission announces early election results for two more East Timor districts

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today announced final results for another two of the territory's 13 districts, leaving only the outcome of the balloting in the capital, Dili, to be determined.