Asia Pacific

East Timor: UN, Indonesia agree on border demarcation plan

In a preliminary step towards finalizing territorial boundaries, the United Nations and Indonesia have agreed on plans to survey and demarcate the border between East and West Timor, the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

UN agency welcomes closure of squalid Jalozai Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan

The final convoy of Afghans left the Jalozai refugee camp in Pakistan today, marking the close of the notoriously squalid site – a move that was immediately hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UNHCR welcomes UN human rights mission to detention centre in Australia

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the news that a senior UN human rights official will visit an Australian detention centre where asylum seekers had recently staged two weeks of tense protests.

Sri Lanka asks UN to help develop illegal weapons collection programme

Following a request by the Government of Sri Lanka, a team of United Nations experts is in Colombo to help develop a proposal for an illegal weapons collection programme in the southern part of the country, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

East Timor approves draft constitution, mulls delay in promulgation

The East Timor Constituent Assembly today debated the possibility of a two-week delay in promulgating the territory’s first constitution after provisionally approving the latest version of the document over the weekend in what the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said was a moving finale to a complex process.

UN health agency dispatches 300 tonnes of medical supplies to aid Afghans

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched 300 tonnes of medicines and supplies to help 3 million people survive winter in Afghanistan, a spokesperson for the agency said today.

Afghanistan: preparations for organized repatriation moving forward, UNHCR says

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said that preparations in Iran and Pakistan for the organized repatriation of Afghans were going forward, although for the moment the agency was not encouraging people to return.

UN ends negotiations with Cambodia for proposed court to try former Khmer Rouge

The United Nations today announced it was ending negotiations with Cambodia to set up a tribunal to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, saying the court as planned would not be fair and that the Government has rejected a proposed agreement governing the assistance that the UN would provide.

Afghanistan: UN reports at least 5 dead as heavy snows block tunnel north of Kabul

At least five people, including two children, have reportedly died after being trapped in vehicles under heavy snow near a tunnel exit some 100 kilometres north of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, a United Nations spokesman said today.

At UN office in Kabul, Karzai inaugurates panel on convening Emergency Loya Jirga

At a ceremony held at the United Nations mission headquarters in Kabul, the chairman of Afghanistan’s Interim Administration, Hamid Karzai, today officially inaugurated the Special Commission for the convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga.