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United Nations Security Council Condemns Attacks on UN Offices in Afghanistan
United Nations, New York, November 16, 1999
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Security Council condemns attacks on UN offices in Afghanistan. 16 November -- The Security Council today condemned the recent attacks on United Nations offices in Afghanistan and called for increased security for humanitarian personnel and facilities.
Council President Ambassador Danilo Turk of Slovenia said in a press statement that Council members were concerned by the recent acts of violence directed against UN personnel and that the attacks against UN offices threaten to hinder humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
Council members emphasized the importance of humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people and commended the courage shown by the UN and other international personnel in continuing to provide such assistance, Ambassador Turk said. They also called on all parties in the country to ensure relief workers had access to the people in need.
Since Sunday, crowds of angry mobs throughout Afghanistan have attacked several offices of UN relief agencies, destroying equipment and supplies, in protest at a 15 October Council resolution that would impose sanctions against the Taliban authorities if they did not hand over Usama Bin Laden to a country where he can be brought to justice.
Bin Laden and his associates were indicted by the United States for their alleged role in the August 1998 bombings of its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and for conspiring to kill US nationals. Sunday was the Council's deadline for turning over bin Laden and in a statement to reporters yesterday, Ambassador Turk said that since the Taliban had failed to comply with the resolution, the sanctions "have entered into effect."
In his statement today, Ambassador Turk said Council members reiterated their demand that the Taliban turn over bin Laden as set out in the Council resolution.
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