The U-N Security Council says the threat by the Taleban to close Afghanistan's airspace could aggravate the country's humanitarian crisis.
Security Council President Alfonso Valdiviezo of Colombia made the comment Wednesday after Taleban rulers threatened to ban international flights to and from the country. The Taleban movement is angry about U-N sanctions against its national airline.
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans now rely on a international food aid. Mr. Valdiviezo says if the Taleban were to ban flights it would worsen the country's humanitarian situation.
The U-N Security Council says it is considering what it calls a new comprehensive approach to Afghanistan. It says the idea is to develop an overall strategy to convince the Taleban to cooperate with the international community.