Afghanistan

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.

UN officials condemn killing of aid workers in Afghanistan

United Nations officials in Kabul today deplored the murder of two Afghan aid workers who died of gunshot wounds near Kandahar earlier this week.

Scores of civilians flee fighting in central Afghanistan, UN refugee agency reports

Clashes in central Afghanistan have reportedly forced some 60 families to flee, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN official warns persistent Afghanistan opium growing could destabilize region

Underscoring the far-reaching consequences of opium cultivation in Afghanistan, the top United Nations official on drugs and crime today warned Presidents of the former Soviet States that the resulting "trilogy of problems" could destabilize the whole region.

New measures in Afghanistan aim to promote law and order, UN reports

A United Nations spokesman in Afghanistan today announced a number of key measures aimed at building the war-ravaged country's capacity to maintain law and order.

UN refugee chief deplores 'cold-blooded murder' of Afghan aid workers

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers today deplored the "cold-blooded murder" of four Afghans working for a Danish aid agency on a UNHCR-funded water project in central Afghanistan, the latest in a recent spate of attacks on relief workers in the country including mine clearers.

Afghanistan: UN envoy hails national army's progress

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan this weekend hailed progress achieved by the country's national army and called on all people to work for reconstruction in the war-ravaged land.

UN Children's Fund opens Afghan workshop on former child soldiers

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today opened a workshop organized by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the demobilization and reintegration of former child soldiers in the war-torn country.

UN agency signs new anti-narcotics agreement with Afghanistan

With Afghanistan listed as a key producer of opium, the United Nations anti-narcotics agency has added a new agreement to its largely expanded portfolio of 20 projects, worth $38 million, in the fight against illicit drugs in the central Asian country.

New UN-backed peace commission in Afghanistan to help settle local disputes

The United Nations is backing a peace commission in northern Afghanistan that is bringing together members of different factions in a bid to resolve conflicts without violence, a UN spokesman said today in the Afghan capital, Kabul.