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UN staff returns to Faryab after 2-month pullout

UN staff returns to Faryab after 2-month pullout

Dec 15, 2015 - 17:28

 MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Tuesday reopened its offices in northern Faryab province after remaining closed for more than two months due to security reasons, a UN official said.

In October, 2015, the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents attacked Maimana, the provincial capital, but they were pushed back by security forces in cooperation with local residents. However, the UN mission closed some its offices in the province.

UNAMA spokesman in northern zone, Syed Lotfullah Bariz, said as security in Faryab and Kunduz province turned fragile, they decided to withdraw UN employees from the two provinces, but now local officials had assured them security of UN staff in the two provinces.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News staff members of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Worldinfo-icon Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had returned to their offices in Faryab.

“We assured the UN the security of its staff and the UN decided to return to the province,” the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief and the acting governor of Faryab, Gen. Abdul Saboor Qani, said.

He asked all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and traders to return to the province and resume their activities and invest and deliver services to people in Faryab.

The withdrawal of UN staff had weakened the morale of local residents, a resident of the province, Mohammad Qasam, said.  He said UN officials should be with people to support them.

“I welcome the return of UN employees which raises the hope among people for stability. I am optimistic that UN officials would resume assistance to Faryab people,” a member of the provincial council, Abdul Ahad Elbaig said.



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