United Nations staff were reporting alarming levels of violence in northern Afghanistan, according to a letter sent by the UN's chief envoy to the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, to the head of the new Afghan Transitional Administration.
As Afghanistan’s “Loya Jirga,” or tribal council, entered its second day, delegates today voted on the bureau of the tribal council and began to discuss procedures to elect a transitional government, according to a United Nations spokesman.
As Afghanistan today opened its Loya Jirga - a tribal council considered key to the country's political transition - the former King nominated Hamid Karzai to lead the nation, according to a United Nations spokeswoman.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today welcomed the signing of an agreement by southeast Asian nations designed to prevent a repeat of the suffocating smog caused by forest fires that plagued the region in 1997 and 1998.
The beginning of the Emergency Loya Jirga – a key milestone in Afghanistan’s political transition – which was to have opened today in Kabul has been postponed for 24 hours due to logistic and preparation setbacks, according to a member of the Special Independent Commission organizing the event.