Worsening tensions in Pakistani region prompt suspension of UN activities

9 May 2007

The United Nations has suspended its operations and closed its offices in the Tehsil Bagh area of Pakistan for two weeks amid mounting concerns at a series of recent attacks against humanitarian workers operating in the region.

In a statement released in the capital Islamabad, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan said the decision had been taken “in view of the current security situation and the prevailing tensions.”

Only emergency services will continue during the next two weeks, while UN officials will consult Government authorities and monitor the situation before announcing any resumption of activities.

UN aid workers have been particularly active in Bagh district since the devastating earthquake struck the region in October 2005.

Today’s statement added that the UN had decided to enhance its coordination and communication links with the rest of the humanitarian community and with Bagh civil authorities and local community leaders.

A communication plan will also be developed to better inform the local community about the activities and policies of the world body.

 

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