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DATE=3/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-246790 TITLE=U-N / AFGHANISTAN AGREEMENT (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WELCOMED THE WEEKEND AGREEMENT BETWEEN AFGHANISTAN'S WARRING PARTIES. BUT THE COUNCIL SAYS MORE TALKS ARE STILL NEEDED TO ARRANGE A CEASE-FIRE, CREATE A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, COMBAT DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ENSURE THAT THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE PROTECTED. V-O-A CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS FROM OUR UNITED NATIONS BUREAU. TEXT: AFTER THE SECURITY COUNCIL RECEIVED A BRIEFING ON THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN, COUNCIL PRESIDENT QIN HUASUN OF CHINA READ A STATEMENT WELCOMING THE JUST-COMPLETED, U-N - MEDIATED TALKS BETWEEN THE COUNTRY'S WARRING PARTIES. THOSE TALKS, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN, RESULTED IN A GENERAL AGREEMENT ON POWER SHARING. /// QIN ACT /// MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL VIEWED THE ASHGABAT TALKS AS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THEY EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE PARTIES WOULD CONTINUE THEIR NEGOTIATIONS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE AGREEMENT ON SPECIFIC QUESTIONS RELATING TO AN INTRA-AFGHAN SETTLEMENT, IN PARTICULAR ON A CEASE-FIRE, ON THE CREATION OF A BROAD-BASED AND FULLY REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTABLE TO ALL AFGHANS, WHICH WOULD ENSURE NATIONAL CONCORD AND HARMONY, GOOD GOVERNMENT, COMPLIANCE WITH THE UNIVERSALLY-RECOGNIZED NORMS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW IN HUMAN RIGHTS, IN PARTICULAR THE RIGHTS OF ETHNIC MINORITIES, AND WOMEN AND GIRLS. /// END ACT /// MR. QIN SAYS THE COUNCIL IS ALSO EAGER TO SEE PROGRESS IN COMBATTING DRUG TRAFFICKING AND PREVENTING THE USE OF AFGHAN TERRITORY TO CARRY OUT TERRORISM ACTIVITIES. THE COUNCIL'S STATEMENT COMES AMID SIGNS THAT PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE TALKS ARE ALREADY INTERPRETING THE RESULTS DIFFERENTLY, PARTICULARLY ON THE ISSUE OF WHETHER THERE WILL BE A COALITION GOVERNMENT. DIPLOMATS SAY THE COUNCIL WANTS TO DO WHATEVER IT CAN TO ENSURE THAT PROGRESS MADE IN THE TALKS DOES NOT UNRAVEL. THERE ARE CONCERNS IN THE COUNCIL THAT INCREASED FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN COULD LEAD TO INSTABILITY IN SOME NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES. THE TALIBAN CONTROLS AN ESTIMATED 90 PERCENT OF AFGHANISTAN. THE REMAINDER OF THE COUNTRY IS CONTROLLED BY A GROUP OF OPPOSITION FORCES. THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT FORMALLY RECOGNIZE THE TALIBAN BUT DOES MAINTAIN A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH IT ON HUMANITARIAN ISSUES. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/WTW 17-Mar-99 5:28 PM EST (2228 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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