Top UN rights official appeals to Australians on behalf of possible asylum

For its part, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reiterated its offer to help find a solution for the impasse and said that Australia was best positioned to take the lead in resolving the problem, a UN spokesman said.Meanwhile earlier today, Australian Prime Minister John Howard called Secretary-General Kofi Annan regarding the ship problem.Late yesterday the UN received a letter sent from the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan to the Secretary-General regarding the matter, according to the spokesman.

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