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Taleban Demands Road Tax For U-N Relief Convoy - 2001-10-11


U-N officials say Afghanistan's ruling Taleban has stopped a U-N food aid convoy and is demanding a road tax before allowing it to proceed.

A U-N World Food Program spokesman (Francesco Luna) says his organization has refused to pay the tax.

The convoy of food and relief supplies was headed for the western Afghan city of Herat, near the border with Iran.

Meanwhile, another U-N convoy with one thousand tons of food is scheduled to reach Kabul today (Thursday). A third U-N relief convoy is en-route to the northern Afghan town of Andkhoi.

The World Food Program says it aims to deliver 52-thousand tons of food aid each month to the Afghan people.

In related news, the U-N High Commissioner for Refugees says the first of 10 flights since October second is to leave Denmark for Pakistan today (Thursday). The U-N refugee agency says it is stockpiling supplies in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Quetta in anticipation of thousands of Afghan refugees.

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