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02 Oct 1997 description

SG/SM/6346
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary- General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is disturbed at reports of deaths and injuries among Tajik refugees in the Sakhi refugee camp near
Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan as a result of fighting between Afghan groups. The fighting also caused serious
shortages of food, water and medicine. The United Nations is in touch with all relevant authorities in order to prevent a

02 Oct 1997 description

(2:23am AEST)

An Australian Red Cross team is going to Indonesia to distribute emergency aid to those affected by the pollution crisis.
The four member team is being sent at the request of the Indonesian Government and are expected to be away for up to a month.

The Red Cross's Jim Carlton, says the team will hand out emergency aid and assess the effects of forest fires.

01 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The United States announced on Wednesday that it would donate $1 million to United Nations demining activities in

01 Oct 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

01 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Departement des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129

01 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The Vice Foreign Minister of Afghanistan has said that the Taliban has carried out its sixteenth aerial bombardment of the city of Mazar-i- Sharif, killing as many as 150 civilians.

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, Vice Foreign Minister A. Abdullah said that most of the victims of the
bombardment were women and children. He expressed outrage and condemnation of the bombardment, which he
characterized as a "cowardly act of terror, typifying Taliban's gross violation of international humanitarian law and their

01 Oct 1997 description

(Congo minister Karaha outlines conditions for probe) (690)

01 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is following the situation in northern Iraq with growing concern, according to a
UN spokesman. "As he has made clear in the past, Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected. He therefore
urges Turkey to withdraw its troops as soon as possible", the spokesman said.

01 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The United Nations Special Mission in Afghanistan is "deeply concerned" about the safety and well-being of the United Nations and non- governmental organization (NGO) staff in Mazar-I-Sharif.

According to Norbert Holl, the Head of Mission, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations had
attempted to bring those persons to safety, but had been unable to do so due to increased fighting in the area.

Mr. Holl rejected charges that United Nations staff had assisted one of the warring factions, and expressed alarm at learning

01 Oct 1997 description

SG/SM/6345
AFR/18
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to withdraw the investigative team for consultations pending final clarification of the policy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

01 Oct 1997 description

(Richardson pledges aid for U.N. program) (490)

By Judy Aita

USIA United Nations Correspondent

United Nations -- The United States announced a new $1 million contribution to the U.N. de-mining program in Afghanistan October 1.

At a special U.N. meeting on the situation in Afghanistan, U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson announced the $1 million pledge which brings the total U.S. support for the de-mining program in Afghanistan to $3 million in 1997. The U.S.

01 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday decided to withdraw for consultations three members of the
team he sent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate allegations of violations of humanitarian law.

The three people of team called for consultations included two of three investigators, Atsu Koffi Amega and Reed Brody, as
well as a human rights expert, Jose Luis Garcia del Prado.

A United Nations Spokesman said that the Secretary-General decided to withdraw the investigative team for consultations

01 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

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Tel: +254 2 622147
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01 Oct 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/1/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-220654
TITLE=MALAYSIA / FIRES (L ONLY)
BYLINE=LIM SHU-LING
DATELINE=KUALA LUMPUR
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

// RE-RUNNING TO CORRECT TYPO, 2ND GRAF TEXT //

INTRO: MALAYSIA HAS SENT THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTERS TO
NEIGHBOURING INDONESIA TO HELP PUT OUT FOREST FIRES WHICH HAVE
BEEN BLAMED FOR CAUSING THE POLLUTANT HAZE AND SMOKE OVER THE
COUNTRY. BUT AS LIM SHU-LING REPORTS FROM KUALA LUMPUR, FOREST

01 Oct 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/1/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-220674
TITLE=RUSSIA / CHECHNYA (L)
BYLINE=MICHELE KELEMEN
DATELINE=MOSCOW
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: CHECHNYA HAS EXPELLED RUSSIA'S REPRESENTATIVES IN THE
REGION IN A NEW DISPUTE OVER AIRSPACE RIGHTS. V-O-A'S MICHELE
KELEMEN IN MOSCOW REPORTS RUSSIA'S SECURITY COUNCIL, WHICH
OVERSEES CHECHEN PEACE TALKS, SAYS THE LATEST MOVE WILL MAKE THE
PEACE PROCESS MORE DIFFICULT.

TEXT: CHECHEN VICE PRESIDENT VAKHA ARSANOV ORDERED THE RUSSIAN