The following is a near-verbatim transcript
of today's briefing in Islamabad by the United Nations offices for Pakistan
and Afghanistan (excluding Question and Answer session).
** Eric Falt, Director, UN Information
Good evening. Afghan women have been
silenced more than any other group, and the United Nations believes it
is important to give them a chance to express their views about what they
want the future of Afghanistan to be.
In that spirit, the Secretary-General's
Special Representative, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, met with a first group of