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NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council adopted two resolutions on Friday
creating a new sanctions regime to target those associated with the Taliban and
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The two resolutions, 1988 and 1989, “will allow the council to
custom-tailor and strengthen its response” to the Taliban and al-
Resolution 1988 targets those associated with the Taliban on a new
sanctions list, with a new sanctions committee established to oversee this and
Sanctions are to be lifted on individuals who meet
conditions set by the Afghan government and the UN.
include “renouncing violence, severing links to international terrorist
organizations, particularly al- Qaida and affiliates, and respecting the Afghan
Constitution,” the Security Council synopsis states.
specifically targets al-Qaida and reinforces the council’s goal of “disrupting,
dismantling and defeating al-Qaida.”
US Ambassador David Dunn, alternate
representative for special political affairs to the United Nations, said the US
“welcomes and strongly supports today’s council action to implement significant
reforms to the 1267 regime and create a new sanctions regime targeting violent
extremists in Afghanistan.
“With these reforms, the council acknowledges
that the nature of these threats has evolved and that events on the ground in
Afghanistan have changed,” Dunn said. “The actions the council took today, with
Afghan government support, are designed to support and promote Afghanled
reconciliation, while targeting those associated with the Taliban in
constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of
The sanctions regime, Dunn said, “is one of the most
important multilateral counterterrorism tools the international community has at