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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PROTEST AGAINST TALEBAN SANCTIONS (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-256112 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: 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 in Afghanistan. /// 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 Afghanistan.(Signed) NEB/UN/BA/LSF/JP 12-Nov-1999 17:29 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 2229 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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