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19 Dec 2000 description
report UN Security Council

S/2000/1212
Letter dated 19 December 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

I present my compliments to you and have the honour to forward herewith a position paper from Kazakhstan on the situation in Afghanistan (see annex).

I request that the attached paper be circulated as a document of the Security Council.

(Signed) Madina S. Jarbussynova
Ambassador
Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan

19 Dec 2000 description
report Oxfam

Las Naciones Unidas estudian imponer nuevas sanciones al régimen talibán mientras el país atraviesa una muy crítica situación humanitaria

19 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 19 December (IRIN) - The UN's Mine Action Programme told IRIN on Tuesday that it would take between seven to 10 years to clear high priority areas in Afghanistan from mines and unexploded ordnance left over from the war with the then Soviet Union and subsequent fighting between Afghan factions. The rate of clearance of arable land, residential homes, irrigation canals, roads and grazing land in Afghanistan considered "high priority" and vital to local communities, depended on a sustained commitment by the international community over the next 10 years.

19 Dec 2000 description
report UN Security Council


SC/6979
Resolution 1333 (2000) Calls for Closure of Training Camps, End to Provision of Sanctuary; Ban Imposed on Military Assistance

The Security Council demanded this afternoon that Afghanistan's Taliban authorities act swiftly to close all camps where terrorists are trained in the territory under their control and called for confirmation of such closures by the United Nations.

19 Dec 2000 description

New funding of over USD 2.5 million has cushioned the budget shortfall of the United Nations Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA). This amount will allow some of the clearance organisations to continue working. The donations were made available by Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the USA Adopt-a-Minefield programme.

19 Dec 2000 description

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Russia prepared on Tuesday to put to a vote in the U.N. Security Council measures that would impose an arms embargo and other sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers until they surrender Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden.

Despite fears of retaliation against U.N. relief workers, the 15-member Security Council is expected to approve the joint resolution by the former Cold War rival superpowers.

19 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 19 December (IRIN) - The plight of some 10,000 Afghan refugees stranded on the banks and islands of the Pyandj river on Tajikistan's southern border with Afghanistan remained at a standstill on Tuesday as UNHCR officials awaited a response from Tajik officials as to whether these refugees would be admitted into Tajik territory.

19 Dec 2000 description

Afghanistan has been in conflict for over two decades. Guerrilla warfare under a brutal Soviet occupation, civil war that quickly filled the vacuum after the Russian departure, and totalitarian rule of the victorious Taliban which now controls the vast majority of the country: the health of the Afghan people has been aggrieved by each of these stages of the country=B9s recent history.

19 Dec 2000 description

Press release - Herat/Amsterdam, December 19, 2000 - The international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns of a severe deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. In view of the proposed additional UN sanctions, UN agencies withdrew their international staff, bringing their vital relief operations almost to a standstill.

19 Dec 2000 description
report UN Security Council

S/RES/1333 (2000)

The Security Council,

Reaffirming its previous resolutions, in particular resolution 1267 (1999) of 15 October 1999 and the statements of its President on the situation in Afghanistan,

Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan, and its respect for Afghanistan's cultural and historical heritage,

Recognizing the critical humanitarian needs of the Afghan people,

Supporting the efforts of …

18 Dec 2000 description

The U.S. State Department announced December 18 that the United States will make an initial contribution of $125 million dollars for the 2001 programs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the world's leading agency in providing assistance and support to 23 million people who have fled their homelands.

18 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

PESHAWAR, 18 December, (IRIN) - In Afghanistan, where access to basic education is poor and illiteracy rates high, a unique educational radio drama developed by the BBC, is having an unprecedented impact on the lives of ordinary Afghans.

18 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 18 December (IRIN) - The United Nations took the decision on Friday to withdraw all its international staff from Afghanistan, as a precautionary measure to avoid a backlash from additional sanctions on the Taliban movement, which are expected to be approved later this week. The head of UN assistance for Afghanistan, Erick de Mul, told IRIN on Monday that the withdrawal of international staff was "a temporary measure and would only be for a few days".

18 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

PESHAWAR, 18 December (IRIN) - While recent media attention has shifted to UN brokered peace talks and looming UN sanctions against the ruling Taliban movement, the tragedy of the 30 year-old conflict in Afghanistan remains the plight of its refugees.

18 Dec 2000 description

Peshawar, Pakistan (dpa) - Afghanistan's Taliban regime has opened another camp for the Afghan refugees Pakistan refused to accept, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) agency said Monday.

AIP quoted Taliban foreign ministry official Mulla Sardar Khan Sherzad as saying that the new camp has been set up close to the old Sirshahi Camp, 15 kilometres outside the city of Jalalabad.

17 Dec 2000 description

KABUL (Reuters) - More Western aid workers pulled out of the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, fearing a backlash if the U.N.

15 Dec 2000 description

UNHCR was promised nearly one-fourth of its 2001 budget on Friday when several donor governments pledged US$214.7 million during the launch of the agency's annual global appeal. Another $23 million had been pledged earlier.

15 Dec 2000 description

Tens of thousands of people in Herat, in western Afghanistan, are facing a sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation. Hundreds of new refugees are arriving daily in Herat. Nothing is available to them, not even tents - let alone any adequate form of shelter. Meanwhile, the temperature has dropped below zero.