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Paul Ejime, PANA Correspondent

01 Oct 1997 description

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I am pleased to announce an additional Australian commitment of up to $1 million for aerial water bombing to assist Indonesia tackle emergency problems resulting from the forest fires.

This is the second tranche of Australian emergency assistance to Indonesia in relation to the forest fires. The initial commitment of Australian support, which I announced on 29 September, is also for $1 million.

01 Oct 1997 description

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

01 Oct 1997 description
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01 Oct 1997 description
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01 Oct 1997 description

Appeal Target : US$ 156,019
Dear Friends,

The flood of July 1997 caused by incessant downpour and onrush of water from Assam, India devastated almost one fourth of the country. Further catastrophies in the form of land/mudslides, a tornado and two mild tremors added to the misery and suffering of the people.

01 Oct 1997 description

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

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

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

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

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