Afghanistan Coordinator taken to front lines

News and Press Release
Originally published
Highlights of the Noon Briefing
By Fred Eckhard
Spokesman for the Secretary-General
UN Headquarters, New York
The Spokesman noted reports from Afghanistan which said that the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Erick de Mul, had been taken to the front lines north of Kabul by the Taliban authorities to confirm that there were no child soldiers fighting on that front. That development, he said, was apparently in response to the Secretary-General's recent report on Afghanistan, which said that all sides in this conflict had been using child soldiers.

The United Nations said that de Mul would be seeing senior Taliban officials. "We are waiting to get a report following those meetings," the Spokesman said. "Until we do, we will have no further comment."