Afghan generals in north sign new accord while ceasefire largely holds, UN reports

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today reported that the ceasefire signed late last week in Balkh has largely held in recent days, while Mazar-i-Sharif is reported to be calm.

In letter to Annan, NATO mulls expanding operation outside Afghan capital

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), responsible for leading the international security force in the Afghan capital of Kabul, mulls the possibility of expanding its operations and moving into other parts of Afghanistan, the head of the alliance said it would first need specific authorization from the United Nations Security Council.

Warring Afghan factions agree to UN-monitored peace agreement

Leaders of two factions in northern Afghanistan today signed an agreement designed to reduce tensions in the area where tank-led battles caused high casualties Wednesday and Thursday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.

Security Council mission to visit Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council is planning a visit to Afghanistan later this month to inspect and reinforce the peace and reconstruction process there.

UNICEF chief congratulates Afghans on birth registration drive

The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today congratulated the Afghan Transitional Government for an "unparalleled success" in registering the births of 775,000 children under the age of one.

Afghanistan: UN refugee agency deplores attacks on aid workers

Responding to a spate of attacks on relief personnel in Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency today condemned the trend while vowing to continue its work on behalf of the country's beleaguered people.