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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.