TITLE=PROTEST AGAINST TALEBAN SANCTIONS (L ONLY)
INTRO: A small group of Afghan-Americans gathered
outside United Nations headquarters today (Friday) to
protest impending sanctions against the Taleban rulers
in Afghanistan. V-O-A correspondent Breck Ardery
reports from the United Nations.
TEXT: The demonstration, organized by the Afghan
Islamic Center of New York, was not in direct support
of the Taleban but was strongly against U-N sanctions.
The sanctions, which go into effect Sunday (11/14),
were approved by the U-N Security Council at the
urging of the United States because of the refusal of
the Taleban to turn over terrorism suspect Osama bin
Laden. Some members of the Security Council were
concerned that blanket sanctions could hurt innocent
civilians in Afghanistan. So the sanctions are
limited to freezing the Taleban government's
international bank accounts and banning international
flights by Ariana, the Afghan national airline.
However, demonstration spokeswoman Wahida Zaheri said
the ban on air service will hurt many average people
/// Zaheri Act ///
That will effect mail going into the country. A
lot of the people in the country have friends or
family here in the western world who send them
money or letters. That is their only hope.
With the winter coming, we are afraid that if
you start with sanctioning airplanes, other
people will be afraid to go into the country.
/// End Act ///
Ms. Zaheri said she understands the concern about the
Taleban's refusal to turn over Mr. bin Laden, but does
not think it is fair for a "whole country to be
sacrificed over one man." The demonstrators said the
U-N Security Council should find another way to deal
with the issue.
While the demonstration in New York was entirely
peaceful, the United Nations office in Kandahar,
Afghanistan, was stoned by an unruly mob earlier in
the week. U-N officials say the sanctions will in no
way interfere with humanitarian aid for
12-Nov-1999 17:29 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 2229 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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