Asia Pacific

UN still awaiting clarification from Cambodia on proposed Khmer Rouge tribunal

A United Nations spokesman said today that contrary to press reports citing statements by Cambodian officials, the world body was still awaiting clarifications from Phnom Penh concerning a number of points raised earlier by a top UN legal official about a proposed tribunal to try Khmer Rouge leaders.

UNHCR fears for staff safety after fighting erupts near Afghan refugee camp

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed concern again for the safety of its staff after shooting broke out in villages next to one of its camps in Pakistan, which left one person dead and two others injured.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum looks to tackle environment, development challenges

Environmental issues will be high on the agenda when two dozen leading thinkers from across Asia and the Pacific gather this weekend for a United Nations-sponsored meeting to sketch out a new development framework for greater equitability and sustainability in the region.

Brahimi hosts first meeting of Afghan leaders and international security force

The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today chaired the first-ever meeting bringing together officials of the Interim Administration and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Afghanistan: UN food agency’s project encourages girls to return to school

As part of its continuing operations to provide emergency relief to Afghanistan while supporting the country’s rehabilitation, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that its distribution of relief supplies in the northeast is designed to encourage girls to return to school.

In talks with Afghan Foreign Minister, Brahimi reviews plans for Loya Jirga

As part of his ongoing efforts to help facilitate a political transition in Afghanistan, the United Nations chief envoy for the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, today held talks with the Afghan Minister for Foreign Affairs.

East Timor: over 30 indictments handed down for serious crimes, UN reports

East Timor's General Prosecutor has issued more than 30 indictments in cases involving major incidents of mass killings and forced deportation, according to the latest figures released by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

UN refugee agency opens new office in Afghanistan to better track returns

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened its fourth office in Afghanistan in an effort to improve its capacity to monitor the movements of returning Afghans and distribute relief aid.

East Timor assembly approves constitutional articles on powers of parliament

Continuing its work on the nascent country's first-ever constitution, the East Timor Constituent Assembly today passed seven more articles dealing with the powers of the parliament, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) reported.

Armed Taliban, banditry hampering humanitarian work in Afghanistan, UN reports

Armed Taliban and banditry were effectively hampering humanitarian work in southern Afghanistan, United Nations relief officials said today.