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Quetta offers one-stop centre for Afghan information

QUETTA, Pakistan, July 1 (UNHCR) - For Abdul Rahim, stopping at UNHCR's recently-opened information centre before work each morning has become a daily routine.
"It's just a natural stop whenever I see the signboard," says the 44-year-old Afghan refugee who left his home in Kunduz 16 years ago. "I check if they have recent news, magazines or bulletins that UNHCR gets from Kabul, or any other informative sessions that might take place."

The centre was opened this year by the UN refugee agency to provide information to Afghans in Quetta, Pakistan

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BAAG Afghanistan Monthly Review Jun 2004

Security
Hopes that the NATO summit held in Istanbul from 28th to 29th June would result in a substantial increase in the resources made available to the International Security Assistance Force were only partly realised. NATO agreed to provide an additional 3,500 troops to complement the existing force of 6,500 soldiers. However, it was made clear that no long-term strategies were envisaged, through ISAF, to address the serious security situation other than by an expansion of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).

NATO announced that it would take on

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ICBL Landmine Update Jun 2004

About Landmine Update
Landmine Update is a quarterly newsletter prepared and disseminated by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). It reflects the activities of the ICBL, its member organizations, its partner agencies and pro-ban governments in a three-month period. The main distribution is done through web and e-mail, all future and past issues are available at www.icbl.org/update/landmines. In preparation for major meetings of the landmines community special print
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UNHCR: Sharp decline in refugees, others of concern in 2003

GENEVA - The global number of refugees and others of concern to the U.N. refugee agency fell by 18 percent to 17.1 million in 2003, the lowest total in at least a decade, according to new annual statistics released Thursday by UNHCR.
Unveiling his office's latest global figures on the eve of World Refugee Day (June 20), U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers attributed the sharp decline to several factors, including increased international efforts to find solutions for millions of uprooted people and ongoing work by UNHCR and its partners to resolve
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Press briefing by Edward Carwardine, Acting UNAMA Spokesman 13 Jun 2004

TALKING POINTS
SRSG Begins Official Visit in Iran

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, began his official visit to Iran yesterday, 12 June. During the day, Mr. Arnault met with the Foreign Minister, Mr. Kamal Kharrazi, and with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asia and Pacific, Mr. Mohsen Amin Zadeh. He also met with Mr. Bozorghmehr Ziaran, Director General for Economic Affairs and International Specialized Agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During these meetings, the SRSG discussed

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Pakistan: Afghan refugees start leaving embattled South Waziristan

Islamabad (dpa) - Scores of Afghan refugees were leaving Pakistans embattled South Waziristan tribal region Sunday after the government gave them 72 hours to depart, local residents told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa Sunday.

Some of the refugees had already left for refugee camps in settled areas while others were still packing their belongings, tribesman Allah Noor said.

However, the Afghan refugees opposed the government's order and planned an assembly on Monday to discuss events in South Waziristan where recent clashes between Pakistani troops and local

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WFP Emergency Report No. 24 of 2004


This report includes:
(A) General

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Albania, (3) Pakistan

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Rwanda, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Guinea Bissau, (4) Liberia, (5) Mauritania

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Namibia, (8) Swaziland, (9) Zambia, (10) Zimbabwe

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Taliban deny plotting suicide attack on foreign aid workers in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, June 7 (AFP) - The Taliban Tuesday denied Pakistani government warnings that it was plotting to blow up Western aid workers in southwest Pakistan using suicide bombers, the Afghan Islamic Press reported.

"The Taliban have no plan about any operation in Pakistan. If we want to launch suicide attacks, we will do it in Afghanistan, on American forces," Taliban spokesman Mufti Latifullah Hakimi told the private Pakistan-based newsagency via satellite phone from an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

Around 30 American, British, French and

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UNHCR suspends repatriation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 7, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has suspended repatriation of Afghan refugees in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, a UNHCR press official said Monday.

Jack Redden who worked at UNHCR Islamabad press information office told Xinhua that the UN refugee organization had to suspend its work in Quetta for security reasons.

Redden said the work would be restarted till the security situation improved and that the UN group as well as the Pakistani authorities were assessing the situation carefully.

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Foreign aid workers stay hidden in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan, June 7 (AFP) - Foreign aid workers stayed hidden in a hotel and private homes in southwest Pakistan Monday despite assurances from local authorities over weekend threats of a suicide attack by an Al-Qaeda-linked militant.

"We had plans to partially resume our operation Monday but we delayed it on the directive from the UN security officials in Islamabad," an official for the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR told AFP.

Around 30 American, British, French and Sudanese aid workers took shelter in a four-star hotel and private homes

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Pakistan: Threat to aid agencies not "specific"

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ISLAMABAD, 7 June (IRIN) - Some foreign aid organisations have suspended operations over the weekend in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta after being informed by a government security agency of the threat of suicide attacks by suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives. But a senior police official said on Monday that the threats were no "cause for imminent concern".

"I don't think the threats are specific threats. They have been just general threats from extremist elements. But

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Pakistan: Foreign NGOs warned about suicide attacks

QUETTA, June 5: Offices of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Quetta and five other foreign NGOs have been warned against imminent suicide attacks on their offices, it was learnt here on Saturday.

A UNHCR official told this correspondent that the local office of the Commissionerate of the Afghan Refugee Organization had asked them to take strict security measures, saying it had received information suggesting that terrorists were planning to carry out suicide attacks on offices of six NGOs, including the UNHCR.

The Afghan Refugee Organization had informed

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