Afghanistan

Rebuilding Afghanistan requires reform of key ministries, UN envoy says

Afghanistan must improve the functioning of key security structures in order to restore long-sought stability, Lakhdar Brahimi, the senior United Nations envoy there, said this weekend.

Afghanistan: UN official calls for doubling international aid for reconstruction

Calling for at least doubling international assistance for Afghanistan, a senior United Nations official said today that international financial commitments were neither large enough nor coming in fast enough to guarantee the war-ravaged country's reconstruction.

Afghan security commission negotiates ceasefire among rival factions – UN

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today reported that a ceasefire has been negotiated in Quland village following deadly clashes there between the Jamiat and Jumbesh factions.

UN agency works to help refugees stranded on Afghan-Pakistani border

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has relocated over 3,500 Afghans to new sites inside Pakistan and Afghanistan during the first five days of an effort to clear a makeshift camp where thousands of asylum-seekers had been stranded for over a year.

Afghanistan: UN helps broker truce between factions but new skirmish erupts

An Afghan peace committee with United Nations participation has managed to broker a ceasefire between rival factions in northern Afghanistan, but fresh fighting broke out between the two militias in another area last night and a new mediation mission is being planned, a UN spokesman said today.