Taliban Seeks Unity Against U.N.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, JAN. 15, 2001 (ZENIT.org).-

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The top leader of the religious militia that rules most of Afghanistan is appealing to fellow Muslim nations to join him in opposing new U.N. sanctions, the Associated Press reported today.

´´Right now the Muslim world desperately needs unity and alliance,´´ the Pakistani News Network International news agency quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as saying, according to AP. ´´The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan cannot be threatened by sanctions. These sanctions will be the shame of those implementing them.´´

The new U.N. sanctions against the ruling Taliban militia take effect later this week. They impose an arms embargo on the Taliban but not on the opposition fighters who are clashing with the Taliban in Afghanistan´s north, the AP said.

The sanctions are being imposed to press the Taliban to hand over suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The Taliban have refused to hand over bin Laden, calling him a guest and saying there is no proof of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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