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East Timor reconciliation committee panel holds first meeting: UN mission

A special panel setting up East Timor's truth commission has agreed to hold one position vacant for a pro-autonomy representative, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said today.

East Timor swears in new transitional government: UN mission

Three weeks after its first-ever democratic elections, East Timor today seated a transitional government composed entirely of East Timorese officials, the United Nations mission in the territory said.

Annan names expert group to monitor UN sanctions against Taliban

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named five experts to a monitoring group set up by the Security Council to ensure that United Nations sanctions against the Taliban are enforced, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN's top refugee official urges Afghanistan's neighbours to keep borders open

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged States surrounding Afghanistan to keep their borders open so desperate people fleeing the strife-torn country can be protected.

Afghan Government urges Security Council meeting on Taliban threat

The head of Afghanistan's Government - which is at war with Taliban forces in the country - has requested an urgent meeting of the Security Council to discuss the conflict's threat to regional peace, according to documents released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

6 million Afghans face alarming humanitarian situation, UN warns

Up to 6 million vulnerable people in Afghanistan who depend on outside aid to survive face a deteriorating situation, as United Nations relief flights are indefinitely suspended and international aid workers have left the country, UN officials warned today.

Another 300 East Timorese refugees return from West Timor: UN mission

More than 300 refugees returned from camps in Indonesian West Timor today in a process facilitated by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) along with leaders from both the pro-independence and pro-autonomy movements, the UN operation said in a statement.

UN project nominated for information technology award

The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) - an initiative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan - has been nominated to receive a Stockholm Challenge Award for its support of rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the devastating super cyclone that hit Orissa, India, in 1999.

Security Council urges Taliban to comply with texts ordering bin Laden handover

Members of the United Nations Security Council today said the Taliban must immediately comply with Council resolutions, especially those calling on the group to hand over indicted terrorist Usama bin Laden.

UN refugee agency reports continued exodus from Afghanistan's cities

Tens of thousands of residents of cities in Afghanistan are continuing to leave for rural areas throughout the mountainous country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.