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East Timor: international donors' conference set to open tomorrow in Oslo

International donor countries will convene in Oslo, Norway, to review the progress of East Timor's transition to independence, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

Afghans keen on rebuilding their country, UN agency says

For the first time in many years, the international community has the opportunity to promote recovery and reconstruction in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.

UN welcomes opening of new aid supply routes to Afghanistan

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed the opening of new supply routes to Afghanistan, where millions of people desperately need relief aid.

Afghanistan: Brahimi heads to Kabul for meetings with political leaders

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, will head to Kabul tomorrow for meetings with key political leaders, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

UN begins to re-establish humanitarian aid facilities in Afghanistan

With the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Afghanistan, United Nations relief officials were beginning the slow process of re-establishing humanitarian aid facilities, including in the western city of Herat.

Women's leadership in rebuilding Afghanistan focus of UN-sponsored talks

Afghan women will have an opportunity to voice their priorities and hopes for the future of their country during a United Nations-sponsored roundtable next week on women's leadership role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains 'critical,' UN officials say

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains critical despite the political agreement reached in Bonn, while lack of security continues to pose the most daunting challenge for the aid agencies, a top United Nations relief official said today.

Security Council endorses agreement on interim arrangements for Afghanistan

The Security Council today endorsed the agreement on provisional arrangements in Afghanistan pending the re-establishment of permanent government institutions, which was signed yesterday in Bonn, Germany.

Afghanistan: UN finds security in Mazar-i-Sharif 'fragile but improving'

The security situation in the key Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif is "fragile but improving," paving the way for the return of international relief personnel, a United Nations spokesman said today.

UN talks in Bonn culminate in accord on interim Afghan government

After nine days of intensive negotiations, the United Nations-sponsored talks in Bonn, Germany, culminated today in the signing of an agreement on a provisional arrangement in Afghanistan pending the re-establishment of permanent government institutions.