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DATE=8/27/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N / AFGHANISTAN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-253185 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, reports an estimated 160-thousand people have fled the recent upsurge of fighting in northeastern Afghanistan. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports the agency says people displaced by fighting between Taleban soldiers and opposition troops are scattered in different areas of the country. TEXT: The U-N Refugee Agency reports a steady stream of around 150 internally displaced Afghanis continue to arrive in Kabul every day. The total number there is estimated at 30 to 40-thousand. The agency says the displaced are scattered throughout the city. And, approximately seven-thousand are being assisted in the Russian embassy compound. U-N-H-C-R Spokesman, Kris Janowski says another 100- thousand people are in the Panjshir Valley and more than 10-thousand others have fled to the Kunduz area. He says various U-N and private aid agencies are providing medical, food and shelter assistance to the homeless. ///JANOWSKI ACT/// We've got reports about the internally displaced moving closer to the borders with Tajikistan and Pakistan -- even though no major outflows into Tajikistan and Pakistan are expected. We've had assurances from both Tajikistan and Pakistan that the border will remain open in case the people are forced to flee. ///END ACT/// Meanwhile, the U-N Human Rights Office reports its Special Investigator on Violence against Women (Radhika Coomaraswamy) is leaving for a 12 day visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan on September first (next week). But U-N Human Rights Spokesman, Jose Diaz says there's a possibility that the trip to Afghanistan may be cancelled, if fighting makes it too dangerous for her to go. He says the investigator hopes to collect first-hand information from a wide-range of sources to better assess the situation of women in Afghanistan. He says the Taleban have agreed to the visit. ///DIAS ACT/// They have indicated that if she is able to travel there, they would provide cooperation. She had to obtain the cooperation from the de facto authorities to go to the country. We have to see whether the security situation will permit her to go to Afghanistan. ///END ACT/// In a related matter, the U-N Sub-Commission on Human Rights has adopted a resolution condemning Afghanistan for what it calls its discriminatory policies toward women and girls. The Commission urges that diplomatic recognition and financial help be withheld from the Taleban regime until it ends these policies. (Signed) NEB/LS/PCF/KL 27-Aug-1999 10:52 AM EDT (27-Aug-1999 1452 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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