Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: What the critics say

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

In Memory of Jean-Karim Fall, 1958-2017

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

France

UN chief pleads for more security after Kabul blasts

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-10-29

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has urged international forces to protect UN staff in Afghanistan a day after Taliban militants killed five in a raid on a Kabul guesthouse.

AFP - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded Thursday for the international community to protect UN staff in Afghanistan after Taliban militants killed five and wounded nine.
  
Addressing a crisis meeting of the UN Security Council a week before Afghanistan's presidential election, the secretary general said UN staff faced a "dramatically escalated" threat and were seen by the Taliban as a "soft target."
  
"Increasingly, the UN is being targeted, in this case precisely because of our support for the Afghan elections," Ban said.
  
"We cannot do it alone," Ban said after meeting with diplomats from the world's most powerful countries. "We need the support of the member states."
  
Ban gave few details of what could be done to secure the unarmed UN staff, who are playing a crucial role in the holding of Afghanistan's run-off election scheduled for November 7.
  
"We are first of all trying to consolidate our staff who are scattered around in Kabul," he said.
  
Extra measures would be most needed "outside Kabul where UN security is clearly insufficient."
  
He said more forces were needed, possibly including private security firms, and he praised the "heroism" of Afghan guards who on Wednesday attempted to hold off the Taliban assailants at a UN residence in Kabul.
  
Ban said he had spoken with Afghanistan's controversial president, Hamid Karzai, and "urged him again that he should take immediate action to strengthen security measures for the premises."
  
Ban also said he was "very much encouraged" by the Security Council's reaction to his plea.
  
 

Date created : 2009-10-30

  • AFGHANISTAN

    UN chief condemns Kabul attack

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    After blast, October deadliest month yet for US troops

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    French army faces the Taliban in Kapisa

    Read more

COMMENT(S)