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East Timor: as its mission nears end, UN assures nation of continued commitment

In the waning days of its mandate, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) will focus on security, public administration and justice, the UN’s top official in the territory told the constitutional assembly today.

Annan hails 'remarkably successful' Tokyo conference on Afghanistan recovery

A major international meeting to raise funds for the recovery effort in Afghanistan concluded today in Tokyo announcing almost $2 billion in pledges and contributions for 2002, which prompted United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to describe the forum as "remarkably successful."

$1.3 billion needed 'now' for Afghan recovery, Annan tells Tokyo donor forum

Donors from around the world pledged generously today towards the recovery effort in Afghanistan as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the opening of an international conference in Tokyo that the war-battered country needed $1.3 billion "right now" to cope with the most immediate tasks.

In Tokyo, UN agencies appeal for financial help to rebuild Afghanistan’s public services

As a major donors’ conference on Afghanistan got under way today in Tokyo, United Nations relief agencies appealed for immediate and long-term assistance to help rebuild Afghanistan’s devastated public services.

Wary of long-term threat, UN experts urge keeping weapons ban on Taliban, al-Qaida

Wary of the potential long-term threat to the Afghanistan peace process posed by the Taliban and remnants of the al-Qaida network, United Nations experts have recommended maintaining the weapons embargo placed on those groups and their sympathizers.

In new report, Annan outlines plans for UN mission in East Timor

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the current United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until the territory's independence on 20 May to ensure the stability and viability of the nascent country.

UN-sponsored survey shows Afghans seek peace and security

The desire for peace and security and the need for disarmament of local military forces are among key concerns of the Afghan population, according to a new United Nations-sponsored survey.

UN to present plans for rebuilding Afghanistan at donor conference in Tokyo

The United Nations will present a framework of funding priorities for war-ravaged and drought-stricken Afghanistan to donors who will meet in Tokyo next week to discuss plans for the country's recovery.

East Timor's first presidential elections scheduled for April, UN says

East Timor's first presidential elections will be held on 14 April, one month before the territory declares its independence, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) announced today in Dili.

UN food convoy held up at gunpoint in northern Afghanistan

Gunmen have attacked a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) convoy in northern Afghanistan, taking the relief aid and beating the drivers, a spokesman for the agency said today.