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Monday, 14 August, 2000, 14:43 GMT 15:43 UK
UN go ahead for Afghan flight

The United Nations Security Council has given approval for the national Afghan airline, Ariane, to fly a group of sick children to Germany for treatment.

It will fly one-hundred and thirty five children to Germany on Wednesday for treatment organised by the German charity, Peace Village.

Last week, the Taliban foreign ministry criticised the UN for preventing Ariana Airlines from bringing home a group of children who had been flown to Germany for treatment.

The foreign ministry said the flight should have been exempt from UN sanctions imposed last year which banned Ariane Airlines from making international flights except for humanitarian purposes. The sanctions were imposed after the Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, who's wanted by the US for allegedly masterminding the bombings of two US embassies in 1998.

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