Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan today completed a mission to Kabul, where he held talks with leading officials in advance of next week's meeting in Bonn of various Afghan factions.
Before returning to Islamabad today, Francesc Vendrell met with Berhanuddin Rabbani, President of the United Front. The Deputy Special Representative will leave over the weekend for Germany to attend Monday's meeting on the formation of a broad-based government in Afghanistan.
The Bonn gathering is being convened by Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, who has been continuing talks with officials in New York. His programme today included meetings with Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgesen, and Sadako Ogata, the Representative of the Japanese Prime Minister dealing with Afghanistan and a former UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Brahimi also met with Japan's Ambassador to the UN, Yukio Satoh.