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Afghanistan: UN Suspends Aid Work Due To Uncertain Security

Kabul, 27 February 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The United Nations today said it has suspended aid work in some areas of Afghanistan because of factional fighting and uncertain security conditions. UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters that the move comes after tensions had risen in several of the country's northern provinces. He also said there has been no progress in efforts to disarm warlords operating in the region.

He said the UN has suspended operations in the Gosfandi district of Sar-e Pol Province due to factional fighting. Aid programs in three districts of the southern province of Zabul -- a former Taliban stronghold -- have been also suspended for the past three weeks because of the uncertain security situation.

At least six people have been killed in the past week due to factional fighting between rival warlords in Afghanistan's northern Faryab Province.