37,891 entries found
Sort by: Latest |Relevance
15 Mar 1999 description

Ottawa -- Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will increase its emergency food aid package to respond to extraordinary food relief requests, the Honourable Diane Marleau, Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, announced today. The new food aid package is expected to reach over 850,000 people, around the world, who are in emergency situations.

14 Mar 1999 description

KABUL, March 14 (Reuters) - A senior United Nations official arrived in the Afghan capital on Sunday to discuss security arrangements for the return of international staff to the war-torn nation.

"The U.N. international personnel are back to Afghanistan from today,'' Michael Sacket, country director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) for Afghanistan, told reporters on arriving at the airport in Kabul.

About 40 U.N.

14 Mar 1999 description

ASHGABAT (Reuters) - Afghanistan's warring parties agreed Sunday at talks held in the Turkmenistan capital to form a shared government, exchange prisoners and continue peace talks.

"Both sides agreed to release 20 prisoners each as soon as possible through the ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross,'' they said in a joint statement issued after four days of talks.

14 Mar 1999 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD

INTRO: AFGHANISTAN'S WARRING PARTIES HAVE AGREED TO FORM A SHARED GOVERNMENT AND TO MOVE FORWARD WITH EFFORTS TO BRING PEACE TO THE WAR-TORN COUNTRY. AS V-O-A'S SCOTT ANGER REPORTS, THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER TALKS IN TURKMENISTAN'S CAPITAL, ASHGABAD.

TEXT: IN A JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED SUNDAY, AFGHANISTAN'S TALEBAN MOVEMENT AND OPPOSITION GROUPS SAY THEY HAVE AGREED TO FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT.

12 Mar 1999 description

The Secretary-General had decided that United Nations international staff would return to Afghanistan, Sergio Vieira de Mello, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, announced to correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing today. They would return in limited numbers determined by humanitarian priorities and by the capacity to evacuate them. A prerequisite for the return was that there be field security officers in each location.

12 Mar 1999 description

A representative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will visit Kabul Sunday for an initial assessment of the food situation there in anticipation of the return of UN aid personnel to Afghanistan next week, the agency announced on Friday.

12 Mar 1999 description

* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International *
News Service 044/99 - AI INDEX: ASA 11/04/99 - MEDIA ADVISORY

12 Mar 1999 description

The United Nations will initiate the gradual return of UN international personnel to Afghanistan following evidence that the Taliban has been complying with a security agreement that would ensure the safety of all relief workers, the chief UN emergency relief co- ordinator announced Friday.

11 Mar 1999 description

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, March 11 (Reuters) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed concern on Thursday about a plan to restrict Afghan refugees to camps in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

"It will be very painful and increase uncertainty among the refugees, particularly women and children," Marie France Sevestre, the head of the commissioner's sub-office in Peshawar, told Reuters.

The province's Chief Minister Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan said his government planned to shift an estimated one million Afghan refugees from cities, …

11 Mar 1999 description

By Mike Collett-White

ASHGABAT, March 11 (Reuters) - The second round of peace talks between Afghan's warring factions got under way on Thursday, and U.N.

10 Mar 1999 description

20 years after the 1979 Soviet invasion in support of the communist regime in Afghanistan, and 10 years after the withdrawal of the last Soviet soldier in 1989, Afghanistan is still a country in which an armed conflict over power between opposing political factions continues. Afghanistan has in the process been devastated, producing the world's largest ever single refugee case-load, at times as high as 6.2 million persons.

09 Mar 1999 description

(Assistance to Afghans is severely limited by Taliban policies) (3560)

Washington -- Julia V.

08 Mar 1999 description

Doctors Without Borders volunteers joined members of the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the causes of a deadly epidemic in northern Afghanistan. The joint team has determined that the epidemic is due to influenza complicated by a secondary pneumonia infection. Antibiotics have been successful in treating the illness. Team members have attributed the severity of the illness to a high level of malnutrition in the region and the lack of adequate access to medical care. The nearest health facility is in Faizabad -- more than a seven-day journey away on foot.

05 Mar 1999 description

From FM Alert, Vol. III, No. 9 - March 5, 1999

A top Uzbek diplomat suggested that Central Asian states should explore the formulation of a regional migration management framework as part of a comprehensive approach in addressing concerns about the rising threat of terrorism. The most serious terrorist incident to date occurred in the Uzbek capital Tashkent on February 16, when a series of bomb explosions caused significant death and destruction.

05 Mar 1999 description

The UN Secretary-General's special envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, announced in Islamabad on 4 March that representatives from the Taliban and the Northern Alliance will meet in Ashgabat on 10 March for talks, AFP and Pakistani newspaper "The News" reported. Brahimi credited Turkmen Foreign Minister Boris Shikhmuradov with helping to bring both sides to the negotiating table (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 4 March 1999).

04 Mar 1999 description

News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International
News Service: 045/99
AI Index: ASA 11/05/99

04 Mar 1999 description

ISLAMABAD, March 4 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban militia and its opponents have agreed to hold direct peace talks on March 10 in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat, U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday.

He told a news conference that a senior U.N. official would also attend the talks, which he said had been mediated by Turkmen Foreign Minister Boris Shikhmuradov.

04 Mar 1999 description

Boris Shikhmuradov met with Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov and Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov in Dushanbe on 3 March, Interfax and ITAR-TASS reported. The focus of their discussion was stability and security in the region.