Asia Pacific

Security Council backs UN plan to help East Timor when it gains independence

The Security Council today endorsed United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations that the UN continue its role in East Timor after the territory's independence next year, stressing that a premature withdrawal of the international presence could have a destabilizing effect in a number of crucial areas.

UN special envoy hears views of Afghan women on their country's future

The United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today met with a group of Afghan women in Pakistan to hear their views about the future of their country.

Top UN refugee official urges open borders in talks with Iran's President

As part of his ongoing efforts to encourage Afghanistan's neighbours to open their borders to fleeing Afghans, the head of the United Nations refugee agency held talks today with the President of Iran and other senior government officials.

UN food agency continues aiding Afghans despite security concerns

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported today that despite the deteriorating security conditions in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the agency is continuing to aid poor people there.

Amid dire health conditions, UN gears up for anti-polio drive in Afghanistan

As approaching winter temperatures threaten to exacerbate Afghanistan's severe health crisis, United Nations agencies are gearing up for an anti-polio drive there later this month, UN officials said today.

UN envoy, Pakistan's President agree on principles for resolving Afghan conflict

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today reached agreement with the President of Pakistan on principles that must guide the resolution of the Afghan conflict.

Meeting Pakistani leader, UNHCR chief discusses plight of fleeing Afghans

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, who has repeatedly called on Afghanistan's neighbours to open their borders to fleeing Afghans, met with the President of Pakistan today to discuss the volatile situation.

Brahimi arrives in Pakistan for high-level talks on Afghanistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, held talks in Islamabad today with senior Pakistani officials as part of ongoing efforts to find a solution to the Afghan crisis.

UN refugee chief seeks to open new camps in Pakistan for fleeing Afghans

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today held talks in Islamabad on the possibility of opening new camps in Pakistan to accommodate the thousands of Afghans fleeing their country.

Annan condemns Sunday's murder of worshippers in eastern Pakistan

Deploring the recent murder of a group of churchgoers in Pakistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the Islamabad authorities to prosecute the killers and to protect people of all religions in the country.