Afghanistan: intensive diplomatic efforts underway at UN

The United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today said the country's neighbours had welcomed the reported general amnesty issued by the United Front following its capture of the key northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Afghanistan: Brahimi says former King willing to play role in country's future

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, has indicated that the former King of Afghanistan is open to becoming involved in the country in the period ahead, a United Nations spokesman reported today.

With the onset of winter, UN agencies race to assist Afghans in dire need of aid

With snow reported in parts of Afghanistan, United Nations aid agencies and their partners are racing to provide food and other relief supplies to vulnerable people in desperate need of assistance, UN officials said today.

Brahimi wraps up trip to Islamabad and heads to Tehran for talks on Afghanistan

After holding talks with senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, headed for Tehran today to continue his consultations.

Annan predicts expanded UN role in promoting broad-based Afghan Government

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the United Nations could be given a greater role in helping Afghans to form a new and more inclusive government and stressed that the speedy end of the military strikes could enable the UN to expand its aid efforts.

Afghanistan: neighbours agree to facilitate UN delivery of relief supplies

Afghanistan's northern neighbours have agreed to several measures that would improve the delivery of emergency supplies into the country as the humanitarian situation there remained "critical," the United Nations top relief coordinator said today.

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.