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DATE=11/9/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=AFGHAN / APPEAL (L-ONLY) (CQ) NUMBER=2-255971 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Taleban leaders in Afghanistan have appealed to the United States not to impose additional sanctions on the country. As Correspondent Scott Anger reports, the U-N Security Council has set November 14th as the date it will impose sanctions against the Taleban unless suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden is expelled. TEXT: As the U-N deadline approaches, Taleban leader Mullah Omar has asked the United States to stop, what he calls - its hostile actions against the Afghan people. In a written statement, which directly addresses American citizens, Mullah Omar has appealed to them to pressure their government against such actions. The U-N Security Council sanctions are aimed at forcing the Taleban to turn-over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden for trial. Mr. bin Laden is living in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taleban, which says he is its guest and therefore cannot be expelled. The Saudi dissident has been charged by the United States in connection with the attacks that killed more than 200 people last year at two U-S Embassies in east Africa. The Taleban leader says the United States is bent on using force against Afghanistan despite the Taleban's readiness to resolve their differences through negotiations. After the embassy attacks, the U-S launched a cruise- missile strike against suspected terrorist training camps linked to Mr. bin Laden in Afghanistan. In an attempt to pressure the Taleban to hand over Mr. bin Laden, Washington has imposed economic sanctions. Mullah Omar has warned if it continues with its campaign against the Taleban, the United States will be punished by God. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/RAE/KL 09-Nov-1999 09:36 AM EDT (09-Nov-1999 1436 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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