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14 Nov 1997 description

The Islamic Conference Organisation says there's been a breakthrough in efforts to secure an end to the civil war in Afghanistan.

The announcement followed talks in Pakistan between the organisation's assistant secretary-general, Ibrahim Bakar, and representatives of Afghanistan's warring factions.

Mr Bakar said he'd secured agreement from all parties for a ceasefire and peace talks.

He told Pakistan's official news agency the the ceasefire would go into effect as soon as his organisation was able to deploy monitors in Afghanistan, in cooperation with the …

14 Nov 1997 description

The death toll from flooding in southern Somalia had risen to at least one-thousand.

The floods, which started when the Juba River burst its banks nearly a month ago displaced 200,000 people and affected another one-million.

Aid agencies say the survivors are runnning short of food and warn of likely epidemics of cholera and dysentery.

The Organisation of African Unity has appealed for member states and the international community to redouble aid efforts.

=A9 1996 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

14 Nov 1997 description

Cathryn J. Prince, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. -- Consensus and unity are words not often associated with the United Nations Security Council.

13 Nov 1997 description

Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC)
P O Box 5690, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: 263-4-738694/5/6; Fax: 738693

13 Nov 1997 description
report UN Security Council

S/PRST/1997/51
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

At the 3832nd meeting of the Security Council, held on 13 November 1997 in connection with the Council's consideration of
the item entitled "The situation between Iraq and Kuwait", the President of the Security Council made the following statement
on behalf of the Council:

"The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the unacceptable decision of the Government of Iraq in expelling

13 Nov 1997 description
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Ethiopia + 2 others
Africa floods

Weekly News
Somalia, Sudan's Red Sea Hills, south east Ethiopia, and the coastline of Kenya have been hit by serious flooding. The

13 Nov 1997 description

Weekly News
When tropical cyclone Martin hit Manihiki, an atoll in the Pacific's Cook Islands, earlier this month, not all the 660 inhabitants
were prepared. Almost 370 islanders were evacuated to the capital of Rarotonga, a distance of 1,000 kilometres, where local citizens have opened their homes and donated food, clothes and blankets through the Red Cross. "People have been very generous, but many have little to share and cannot feed an extra group of relatives for a long time," says Gill Vaiimene,

13 Nov 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for the Great Lakes

Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

[The weekly roundup is based on IRIN daily updates and other relevant
information from UN agencies, NGOs, governments, donors and the media.
IRIN issues these reports for the benefit of the humanitarian community,

13 Nov 1997 description

Number of people reported to have died since yesterday: due to flooding: 68 (516)  disease: 4        
Number of newly reported displaced people:
Number of livestock lost since yesterday: 1,000 (more than 10,000 animals up to yesterday)
Houses reported to be newly destroyed: more than 900

13 Nov 1997 description

A weekly report on major developments concerning relief operations in southern Sudan

13 Nov 1997 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - As floods devasted human life and property in Somalia, the Organization of African
Unity (OAU) on Thursday launched a strong internation appeal for humanitarian assistance to the population in the Horn of
Africa state.
The appeal is contained in a news release issued here today, in which OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim expressed serious concern at the grave humanitarian situation in southern Somalia.

13 Nov 1997 description

By Mark Dodd

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - At least 448 people have died and more than 150,000 have been displaced as a result of
"catastrophic" floods in southern Somalia, senior aid agency officials say.

Entire food stocks, normally stored underground by Somalis, had been destroyed and at least 10,000 domestic animals had

13 Nov 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The United Nations Coordinator for Afghanistan has said that the blockade by the Taliban of the Ghazni-Kabul trade and aid
route has pushed people in that region to the verge of starvation.

Alfredo Witschi-Cestari said on Thursday that he had written to the Taliban authorities in Kandahar repeating the request that
they lift the four-month blockade in the region.

According to the Coordinator, Hazarajat faces food shortages every year, but normally aid agencies are able to truck in

13 Nov 1997 description
report UN Security Council

SC/6442
The Security Council this evening condemned in the strongest possible terms the Iraqi Government's decision to expel the
American personnel of the United Nations Special Commission and demanded its immediate and unequivocal revocation,
warning of serious consequences if Iraq failed to comply with its obligations under Council resolutions.

In a statement read out by its President, Qin Huasun (China), the Council said that the Iraqi action contravened Council
resolutions and prevented the Special Commission from discharging its responsibilities.

13 Nov 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

IRIN Emergency Update No. 291 on the Great Lakes (Thursday 13 November 1997)

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: UN special rapporteur criticises DRC government

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) says the record of the first few months of the

13 Nov 1997 description

Humanitarian Assistance for Afghanistan

13 Nov 1997 description

ICRC NEWS 45

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RWANDA: HELPING THE VULNERABLE HELP THEMSELVES: The
need is simple but pressing: seeds and a hoe. For some of the poorest people
in Rwanda, the rudimentary means to grow their own food spells the difference
between being dependent on outside aid and being self-sufficient.

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RWANDA
HELPING THE VULNERABLE HELP THEMSELVES

The need is simple but pressing: seeds and a hoe. For some of the
poorest people in Rwanda, the rudimentary means to grow their own food

13 Nov 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-63-35
Fax: +225 21-63-35
e-mail: irin-wa@africaonline.co.ci

IRIN-WA Update 82-97 of Events in West Africa, 13 November 1997

[As a supplement to its weekly round-ups of main events in West Africa,
IRIN-WA will produce a daily synopsis of reports on the region. IRIN issues
these reports for the benefit of the humanitarian community but accepts no

13 Nov 1997 description

NEW YORK, (PANA) - The United Nations Human Rights Committee has lambasted six nations, two of them in Africa, for their poor human rights records.
A statement released at the U.N. headquarters in New York Thursday said the committee, sitting in Geneva, ended a
three-week session Wednesday by issuing recommendations to promote the implementation of the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights in Senegal and Sudan.

The committee also put the spotlight on Belarus, Iraq, Jamaica and Lithuania, after examining in closed sessions complaints