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Latest news on the Asia-Pacific region from the United Nations

  • Close to 11,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began a voluntary repatriation programme six weeks ago, UN officials said today.
    UN News Centre on 23 August 2001
  • As part of the ongoing efforts of the United Nations mission in East Timor to resolve the refugee situation, a senior pro-autonomy leader today visited the former militia stronghold of Covalima District, where he met over 200 representatives of the local community.
    UN News Centre on 23 August 2001
  • A 284-strong contingent of activists from a volunteer arm of the United Nations spread out today across all districts of East Timor to finalize arrangements for the territory's historic Constituent Assembly elections set for 30 August.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2001
  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the Taliban authorities to stop making baseless allegations against the agency and its staff in Afghanistan.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2001
  • After more than 20 years of "fruitless endeavours," the Security Council might wish to consider adopting a comprehensive approach to settling the conflict in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan suggests in a new report released today.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2001
  • Building upon its unprecedented campaign to protect children against infectious diseases, a global partnership backed by United Nations agencies has launched in Cambodia a multi-country five-year effort to increase access to vaccination for children throughout Southeast Asia.
    UN News Centre on 20 August 2001
  • With less than two weeks remaining before East Timor's elections, ballot papers arrived in the territory under tight security, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) announced today.
    UN News Centre on 20 August 2001
  • Secretary-General Kofi Annan remained concerned at the continued detention of eight international and 16 national aid workers in Afghanistan and appealed to the Taliban authorities for a speedy solution, his spokesman said today.
    UN News Centre on 17 August 2001
  • The head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today said that the campaign for the territory's upcoming elections was proceeding peacefully and that the East Timorese people deserved praise for embracing the political process with energy and determination.
    UN News Centre on 17 August 2001
  • Following the record rains that struck Iran a week ago, the United Nations refugee agency today began loading trucks with shelter materials for delivery to one of the country's northeastern provinces.
    UN News Centre on 17 August 2001