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DATE=10/22/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - AFGHANISTAN (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-255381 BYLINE=LARRY FREUND DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Security Council is once again expressing its serious concern about the situation in Afghanistan. In a statement issued today (Friday), the Security Council also strongly condemned Afghanistan's Taleban movement for launching a military offensive in July against an alliance of opposition groups. Correspondent Larry Freund reports from New York. TEXT: The Security Council's strongly-worded statement says the offensive by the Taleban - which controls most of Afghanistan - has undermined international efforts to restore peace in the country and has led to enormous suffering for civilians. The Taleban, says the Security Council, has a primary responsibility for this. The Security Council statement says outside interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan should end immediately. It expresses deep distress over reports that thousands of non-Afghan nationals - mostly from religious schools, some under the age of 14 - have been involved in the fighting in Afghanistan on the side of the Taleban. The Security Council's president this month, Russian Ambassador Sergey Lavrov, read the council's statement. Speaking through an interpreter, he said the council deplores the failure of the Taleban leadership to comply with earlier council demands. /// Lavrov interpreter Act /// . especially to conclude a cease-fire and to resume negotiations and in this context reaffirms its readiness to consider the imposition of measures in accordance with its responsibility under the charter of the United Nations, with the aim of achieving the full implementation of its relevant resolutions. /// End Act /// The Security Council's statement follows by a week the council's adoption of a resolution threatening sanctions against the Taleban unless it hands over the alleged terrorist Usama bin Laden for trial on charges that he plotted to bomb U-S embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And earlier this week, the U-N special envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, announced that he is withdrawing from active involvement in the peace efforts because there has been no progress. (signed) NEB/NY/LSF/JP 22-Oct-1999 14:32 PM EDT (22-Oct-1999 1832 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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