Afghanistan: Annan concerned at Taliban's reported detention of aid workers

Reacting to the Taliban's reported detention of aid workers trying to help the beleaguered people of Afghanistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the group to assure the security of humanitarian personnel in the country.

UNHCR suspends screening of Afghans following deportations from Pakistan

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced the suspension of its screening programme for Afghans living in Pakistan after the country's authorities deported 28 families.

Security Council members call for end to fighting in Afghanistan

Members of the Security Council called on the warring parties in Afghanistan - particularly the Taliban - to hold their fire and resume talks aimed at resolving the country's long-running conflict.

UN agency, Pakistan set to continue screening programme for Afghan refugee applicants

The United Nations refugee agency and Pakistan are set to begin the second phase of their joint screening programme to determine the refugee status of thousands of Afghans who have fled to northwest Pakistan in recent months.

More Afghans return home under UNHCR repatriation plan

Close to 11,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began a voluntary repatriation programme six weeks ago, UN officials said today.

Comprehensive approach needed to end Afghanistan conflict - Annan

After more than 20 years of "fruitless endeavours," the Security Council might wish to consider adopting a comprehensive approach to settling the conflict in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan suggests in a new report released today.

UN food agency calls on Taliban to stop 'baseless' allegations

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the Taliban authorities to stop making baseless allegations against the agency and its staff in Afghanistan.

Concerned about detained aid workers, Annan appeals to Taliban for speedy solution

Secretary-General Kofi Annan remained concerned at the continued detention of eight international and 16 national aid workers in Afghanistan and appealed to the Taliban authorities for a speedy solution, his spokesman said today.

UN says Taliban will grant visas to diplomats to discuss detained aid workers

The Taliban authorities, who have detained several foreign nationals for allegedly attempting to propagate religion in Afghanistan, will grant visas to diplomats from the countries concerned, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

Afghanistan: UN voices concern over arrest of international aid workers

The Office of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan today said it was "very concerned" about the arrest of eight international aid workers in Kabul.