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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).
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.
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 and foreign al-Qaeda …
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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.
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 about …