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Diplomatic Efforts on Afghanistan's Future - 2001-11-14


Diplomatic efforts are underway to map out the future of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taleban.

In New York, members of the United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors today (Wednesday) to discuss an interim post-Taleban government in Afghanistan.

The global body is considering a plan put forward by Lakhdar Brahimi - the U-N special envoy for Afghanistan. It calls for a two-year, multi-ethnic transitional government.

State-run Abu Dhabi Television says the United Arab Emirates has agreed to host a proposed U-N sponsored conference bringing together Afghan factions.

Meanwhile, U-S special envoy James Dobbins is in Islamabad for talks with senior officials and exiled Afghan political leaders. Iran's Interior Minister (Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari) is also in Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan's future.

Two of Afghanistan's neighbors, Pakistan and Iran, have expressed support for a broad-based post-Taleban government and called for a U-N-administered multi-lateral peacekeeping force.

Turkey has announced it will re-open its diplomatic missions in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif after the cities' takeover by the Afghan opposition alliance.

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