The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner is calling for a temporary suspension of the U-S-led air strikes against Afghanistan so relief agencies can provide critical aid to Afghan civilians before the onset of winter.
Commissioner Mary Robinson said the situation for thousands of Afghan civilians is desperate. She said relief agencies need to work now to deliver food and other supplies before November 15th, when winter snows are expected to cut off access.
Meanwhile, the U-N High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, has expressed his growing concern and frustration over what he calls numerous obstacles to helping the fleeing and hungry Afghan civilians.
A spokesman for the U-N agency says it is pressing Pakistan and Iran to open their borders to Afghan refugees and to allow campsites to be built further inside their territories.
The U-N Refugee agency is also appealing to international donors for 50-million dollars to help the refugees.