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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - AFGHANISTAN

First baby born at refugee camp

Posted on 07/12/2001

(WAM) The UAE refugee camp in Pakistan witnessed today the first delivery of a baby girl. Parents agreed to name her Fatima after H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President's Wife and Chairwoman of the UAE Women's Federation, in recognition of the UAE humanitarian efforts to help Afghan people at their plight. Father of the baby said that the assistance offered to them by the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) had alleviated their suffering of homeless, poverty, hunger and cold. ' The RCS has come ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan, Long hard road lies ahead

Posted on 06/12/2001

(WAM) Afghans can be proud of the landmark agreement signed in Bonn. After 20 years of strife there now exists the real possibility that peace may reign in that war-torn and troubled land, said the daily 'Gulf News' in an editorial. 'The UN-brokered deal came about when delegates from the four Afghan factions agreed to a transitional government to run the country. What had taken the delegates so long to reach agreement was the question of who would comprise the provisional administration, as ...  >>MORE

Momentum on Afghan talks should continue, UAE daily

Posted on 02/12/2001

(WAM) Initial reaction to the Afghan talks in Bonn has been favourable. Certainly it is a refreshing change to hear of previously warring factions putting aside their differences and talking of a new beginning in Afghanistan, the 'Gulf News' said in an editorial. 'It is to be hoped that this momentum will continue during the three to five days the meetings are scheduled for, and last so that further discussions will take place in Kabul later. For it is generally recognised that after decades - ...  >>MORE

Savagery should stop in Afghanistan: UAE daily

Posted on 26/11/2001

(WAM) The Northern Alliance and their new allies from the regions who have just joined the cause have taken large areas of territory, and captured large numbers of their enemies. They remember the horrors that the Taliban committed when they took over the north, and they want revenge. Sadly, they are taking it, said the daily 'Gulf News' in an editorial. 'The brutalities and excesses of violence being committed in Afghanistan at the moment cannot be condoned. It is well known that there is a ...  >>MORE

RCS-Afghanistan/camps

Posted on 18/10/2001

(WAM) Saeed Al Mansouri, member of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, and head of the first RCS delegation to Peshawar, Pakistan, has said that the intensive contacts carried out by the RCS delegation with concerned authorities in Pakistan resulted in specifying two sites inside Afghan territories to establish a RCS refugee camp in one of them. Mansouri said that the first site is located inside Afghanistan and is about 120 KM far from the Pakistani town of Quetta, while the second is ...  >>MORE

Afghan people paying price of Taliban's evil doing, UAE daily

Posted on 14/10/2001

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily said today that the war against terror may take a long time but at the end the right is surely bound to triumph over the wrong. 'It is very unfortunate that innocent persons who have no hands in the grave mistake committed by the Taliban should have to pay dearly for those mistakes,' the paper said. 'But that is the consequences of fighting a war, which, in this case, was caused by the terrible mistake committed by the Taliban government against its own ...  >>MORE

Afghan people are victims of Taliban: UAE daily

Posted on 10/10/2001

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today commented on the ongoing military strikes on Afghanistan, which have worsened the condition of the Afghan people, who have already suffered enough from human and natural catastrophe. The Abu Dhabi-based 'Al Ittihad' asked if those behind the Sept.11 terrorist attack on the US had ever thought of the consequences of killing innocent lives and the reactions that would follow such a heinous crime. The paper doubted if those people were so stupid as to ...  >>MORE

UAE to sponsor 40,000 Afghan refugees

Posted on 02/10/2001

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, today said that the RCS will sponsor 40,000 Afghan refugees and provide them with food, shelter and health care. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, during the Society's Board meeting here, Sheikh Hamdan said that the Society would carry out projects to shelter the refugees, build a field hospital that would provide comprehensive medical services and extend ...  >>MORE

UAE Red Crescent reaffirms role in providing aid to Afghan refugees

Posted on 02/10/2001

Khalifa Nasser Al Suwaidi, Board Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society discussed with the regional officer of supply the tragic conditions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and neighbouring countries, and the efforts to reduce their sufferings and the role of he International Office of Supply in Abu Dhabi in this regards. The reaffirmed the role of the UAE Red Crescent Society in providing aid to Afghan refugees, and the humanitarian mission carried out by the society and its delegation in ...  >>MORE

UAE breaks ties with Taliban

Posted on 23/09/2001

Abu Dhabi (WAM): The Government of the United Arab Emirates has decided to sever diplomatic relations with the Taliban Government of the Republic of Afghanistan. An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today that, over the last few days, the UAE had made intensive efforts with the Taliban Government to persuade it to respond positively to the United Nations Security Council resolution demanding that it should hand over Osama bin Laden to face a fair international trial on the ...  >>MORE

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