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November-22-99

Afghan Women Call for UN Arms Embargo

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), based in Pakistan, called on the United Nations to stop the flow of arms into Afghanistan in order to bring peace to the country.

In order to end the fighting in Afghanistan, according to RAWA, "The UN must first and foremost impose strict and serious sanctions on countries which continue to support the Taliban and their rivals with arms and money."

RAWA also declared in their statement that the UN economic sanctions against the country "provide the Taliban with the excuse to expand opium production as well as with a propaganda windfall to project themselves as nationalists standing up against American tyranny."

Media Resources: AFP - November 19, 1999


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