UN: About 200 staff to be pulled from Afghanistan

AP News
Posted: Nov 07, 2009 7:13 AM

The U.N. says hundreds of its staffers will be temporarily pulled out of Afghanistan in the wake of an Oct. 28 attack that killed five of its workers, but it's still determining exactly how many.

U.N. spokesman Adrian Edwards in Kabul emphasizes the world body is not "withdrawing, not pulling out" from Afghanistan and will continue its work.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at the U.N. on Friday that about 200 staffers will be relocated to other U.N. offices in the region. But Edwards said Saturday the U.N. is still poring over the personnel lists of every U.N. agency and every office and has yet to calculate the exact number leaving.