UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has extended by 18 months the mandate of the monitoring team concerned with sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban. In the resolution, the 15-member body reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations.” Tackling the scourge requires the cooperation of all states and international and regional organizations, the council stressed.
It called on member states to continue their efforts to act vigorously and decisively to cut the flow of funds and other financial assets and economic resources to al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden and the Taliban and other individuals, group, undertakings and entities associated with them.”The resolution also directed the council committee concerning al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions to review by June 30, 2010 the names of individuals and entities that it agrees are members of or associated with al-Qaida, Usama Bin Laden and the Taliban on the so-called Consolidated List.
In the resolution, the council clarified how member states are to implement the sanctions measures that have been previously imposed on the individuals, groups and entities linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Britain’s UN Ambassador John Sawers said the resolution “includes a number of very significant steps forward to ensure the procedures are fair and as open as possible.”He said that in future, each additions to the list will need to be accompanied by detailed statement of the case which as far as possible will be made public.-SANA