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Central Asia: Disaster response conference underway in Almaty

ANKARA, 1 October (IRIN) - An anti-disaster conference is underway in the Kazakh commercial capital, Almaty, aimed at sharing information and experience in terms of response to emergency situations.
"The issue is to develop common efforts and coordinate activities in preventing emergency situations and eradicating those situations related to the utilisation of weapons of mass destruction," Eldar Kunaev, the head of the disaster prevention department at the Kazakh emergency situations agency told IRIN from Almaty on Wednesday.

Representatives of four Central Asian


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Support Afghan reintegration efforts, say ministers, UNHCR

GENEVA, Oct 1 (UNHCR) - Afghanistan's minister for refugees and his counterparts from Iran and Pakistan meeting in Geneva have called for continued strong support from donor states in order to ensure the successful reintegration of millions of Afghan refugees still outside their homeland.
Speaking at the annual meeting of UNHCR's Executive Committee in Geneva Tuesday, Enayatullah Nazari, Minister for Refugees and Repatriation of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan, said that his country requires high levels of financial assistance to ensure its reconstruction.
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Afghan disarmament programme to begin on October 25: UN

KABUL, Oct 1 (AFP) - A long-awaited programme to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate (DDR) some 100,000 Afghan militiamen will start on October 25, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

"The programme will start off with a pilot project before we go to the main phase," Paul Cruickshank, operations manager for the UN-supported Afghanistan's New Beginnings Programme (ANBP), told reporters.

"At the moment we anticipate the likely start date to be the 25th of October."

A pilot project to disarm 1,000 militiamen

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Afghanistan: International community 'united and determined' says British foreign secretary

The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, and the Secretary of State for International Development, Baroness Amos, today met the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, in the margins of the Labour Party Conference. They discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and Britain's continued support to the Afghan people. Speaking after their meeting, the Foreign Secretary said:

'I congratulated President Karzai on the progress his government has made in restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan and improving the lives of ordinary Afghans. In December, the

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UN sends team to Afghanistan in late October

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (AFP) - A UN Security Council team is heading to Afghanistan in late October to look at security issues, UN officials said Wednesday.

The team, scheduled to be in the region from October 31 to November 8, will also visit the Pakistani capital "for briefings and consultations," according to a UN statement.

Several ambassadors have announced their intention to go on the visit, which includes stops in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif.

The team's official goal is to "observe

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Afghanistan + 13 others
Restoring rule of law absolutely essential for resolving conflict, rebuilding secure, humane societies, Security Council told

Security Council
4835th Meeting (AM)

The restoration of the rule of law was a sine qua non for the sustainable resolution of conflict and the rebuilding of secure, orderly and humane societies, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Security Council this morning as it considered "Justice and the Rule of Law: the role of the United Nations". Too often, he said, the United Nations had failed to give that critical sector the importance it was due.

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Help improve Afghan security conditions, say E.U. aid officials

Brussels (dpa) - The Kabul-based international security force in Afghanistan must be given an expanded mandate to curb increased inter-factional fighting and violence outside the capital, European Union aid officials said Tuesday.

"The security environment in Afghanistan is deteriorating...a vast majority of people support an expansion of the international force,'' Peter Burgess of the E.U. Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) told reporters.

"Everybody's task would be made easier if the security situation in Afghanistan improves,'' he said.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
UNHCR briefing notes: Liberia, Ingushetia, Afghanistan

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website,, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

Despite an overall improvement in the security situation in Liberia, hundreds of Liberian refugees continue to flee into Guinea, fearing fighting between government and rebel forces in central Liberia. This week, UNHCR has so far registered 500 Liberian

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq and Afghanistan: Accomplishments and next steps

Testimony of Andrew S. Natsios,
USAID Administrator

Before the House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee

Introductory Remarks

Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to speak with you and members of the Committee in support of the President's supplemental request and the U.S. Government's considerable accomplishments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Disarmament and reintegration in Afghanistan

Kabul/Brussels, 30 September 2003: As Afghanistan embarks on an ambitious program to demobilise large numbers commanders and fighters, greater international engagement in the process is essential. This disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DR) process must succeed if the shattered country is ever to achieve an acceptable level of stability.
In anticipation of the Afghanistan New Beginnings Program (ANBP), the UN plan for DR set to begin in late October 2003, the International Crisis Group publishes its latest report, Disarmament
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BAAG Afghanistan Monthly Review Sep 2003

The murders of six Afghans employed by non-governmental organisations has further heightened the level of threat to the aid community.

Four of the victims were employed by the Danish NGO, DACAAR. They were travelling on a minor road near to the southern town of Ghazni on 8th September when they were ambushed. The DACAAR staff were lined up in a row, tied together and shot. A fifth person survived by feigning death but suffered serious although non fatal injuries. According to the survivor, the attackers had stated "You were warned about working

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Afghanistan: Direct Relief's programme activities update Sep 2003

Direct Relief
Recipient: Mecroryan Medical Clinic
Shipment Number: 3577
Shipment Date: 9/24/2003
Value: $79,068
The Mecroryan School and Orphanage in Kabul is a daycare center and kindergarten that cares for both orphans and non-orphans from three to six years old. Approximately 200 children attend the facility with an additional 600 currently wait listed. Built during the Soviet occupation, the Mecroryan School is in the middle of a Soviet-style apartment complex that is now the home of approximately 10,000 people.

The return of the international community

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USAID Field Report Afghanistan Sep 2003

Program Description
USAID/OTI's program goal is to support the process of recovery, rehabilitation, and political development in post-conflict Afghanistan. Working with local and international partners, the program is building citizen confidence in the progress of political development, empowering citizens to address basic community needs, and building an alliance between legitimate government structures and citizens. In addition, USAID/OTI supports efforts to strengthen independent media. USAID/OTI's budget for FY2002 was approximately $27 million. In FY2003 the budget was approximately
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Trip to Afghanistan: A progress report on the building of girls' classrooms and a perimeter wall

In August of 2003, Mohammad Khan Kharoti, his daughter Sultana (26) and his son Yama (19) traveled to the GVS schools in Sheen Kallay, Afghanistan. Their mission was to help build four new classrooms for the girls' school and a perimeter wall. Sultana and Yama, who were returning to their homeland for the first time in seventeen years, also went to teach English and mathematics, respectively.
On their journey, the three had to board five airplanes to get to Quetta, Pakistan. From there they drove across the border to Afghanistan. The drive to Sheen Kallay was filled with many
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World + 11 others
According to need? Needs assessment and decision-making in the humanitarian sector

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI
James Darcy
Charles-Antoine Hofmann
Executive summary

This report considers ways of achieving a more consistent and accurate picture of the scale and nature of the problems people face in humanitarian crises, and how to ensure that decisions about response are properly informed by that understanding. Three main problems underlie it: first, international humanitarian financing is not equitable, and amounts allocated across various contexts do not reflect comparative

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Afghanistan + 10 others
Lubbers opens Annual UNHCR Executive Committee Meeting

GENEVA - Welcoming Iraq's new Minister for Displacement and Migration to the annual meeting of UNHCR's 64-nation Executive Committee, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers declared Monday that he was ready to work with Iraqi authorities to prepare for the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Addressing the opening session of the five-day meeting, Lubbers said the security situation in Iraq had put on hold UNHCR's plans
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Afghanistan: ACBAR demands action to improve security following second fatal attack against NGOs

Kabul, 29 September 2003 - ACBAR, an umbrella organization representing over ninety national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan, is shocked and deeply saddened by yet another fatal attack on NGO staff this month. On September 24, staff from VARA, (Voluntary Association for Rehabilitation of Afghanistan), an Afghan NGO, came under direct attack from gunmen traveling in a taxi. The NGO staff were traveling in a pickup van through Helmand province on their way from Delaram to Kandahar. One VARA staff member was killed