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Afghanistan: UN reports modest security improvement in Kandahar

Kandahar, a city in the troubled southern region of Afghanistan, has seen modest improvements in its security situation, United Nations relief officials said today.

East Timor: Mandate of UN mission extended until territory's 20 May independence

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until 20 May, the territory's date of independence.

Karzai asks Security Council to expand international force in Afghanistan

Addressing an open meeting of the United Nations Security Council for the first time, the new interim leader of Afghanistan today called on the 15-member body to extend and expand the mandate of multinational forces in the country.

Welcoming Karzai, Security Council vows support for Afghanistan’s recovery

Extending a warm welcome to the new Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, the United Nations Security Council today voiced its “unqualified and unreserved support” to his quest for peace, justice and stability in Afghanistan and pledged to help in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.

Security Council reviews preparations for East Timor independence

With just over 100 days remaining before East Timor's independence, the Security Council today held a day-long meeting to review preparations in the territory for nationhood, including work on a constitution and plans for a successor mission to the current United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET).

UN rights committee to adopt statement supporting Afghan women

Seeking to express their solidarity with the women of Afghanistan, a United Nations committee will adopt a formal statement on the important role they should play in the country's reconstruction, the body's chairperson said today.

Afghanistan: Brahimi addresses panel laying groundwork for Emergency Loya Jirga

The United Nations top envoy in Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today addressed the first session of the special panel in charge of preparations for convening the Emergency Loya Jirga, which will decide on a transitional government until democratic elections can be held.

WFP chief arrives in Afghanistan to review food agency's aid operations

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Kabul today for a three-day visit to Afghanistan to review the agency's relief operations in a country devastated by years of war and drought.

Afghanistan: security concerns outside Kabul hamper UN aid effort

While security in the Afghan capital of Kabul has improved, other regions continue to experience crime and lawlessness, impeding the delivery of badly needed aid, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

Afghanistan's interim leader set to attend UN Security Council on Wednesday

The head of the Afghan Interim Administration, Hamid Karzai, is expected to visit United Nations headquarters on Wednesday to attend a formal meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan, a UN spokesman said today.