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U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says talks on a post-Taleban government in Afghanistan are off to a good start. - 2001-11-28


U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says talks on a post-Taleban government in Afghanistan are off to a good start and he is urging all parties to pursue peace.

The Secretary General offered the assessment during talks today (Wednesday) with President Bush at the White House.

Mr. Annan called for Afghan leaders meeting in Germany to, in his words, "seize the moment" and establish a new, broad-based government for Afghanistan.

On the humanitarian front, Mr. Annan told President Bush that aid workers are having trouble getting food to those most in need. He says millions of Afghans face starvation, including many who have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

Mr. Annan also noted that many donor nations are willing to help rebuild Afghanistan, but they need a stable Afghan government as a partner.

President Bush, for his part, said he is convinced donor countries will get food, medicine and clothing to those in need but not without difficulty.

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