Remarks by Ambassador Wittig to the UN press corps on Al-Qaeda- & Taliban sanctions regimes

Jun 17, 2011

(as delivered)


The Security Council has decided today to have two separate sanctions regimes, one for Taliban, one for Al-Qaeda. My country,
Germany, welcomes the establishment of a separate Afghan country-based regime. This is a step forward.


The Council has also sent out a clear political message with this resolution. It supports a comprehensive political process in Afghanistan and it supports an Afghan-led process of reconciliation. From now on the Afghan government has a visible and a distinct role in the process of listing and de-listing, and that also contributes to the process of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.


This is a very good step in the run-up to the Bonn Conference, a conference on Afghanistan, which my country will be hosting in December this year.


On the Al-Qaeda sanctions regime we welcome the strengthening of the position of the Ombudsperson. That’s a major step forward to clear and fair procedures in this sanctions regime. From now on the Ombudsperson can pronounce a recommendation and Member States will have to act unanimously in case they want to keep a person on the sanctions-list if the Ombudsperson has recommended otherwise. That’s a major step towards clearer and fairer procedures in that committee.


So, in a nutshell, today was an important day for the sanctions regime in the Security Council. The Security Council managed to improve and adapt two important sanctions regimes.


Q. [inaudible]


Well, first of all, there is now a separation of two regimes. The philosophy behind it: Those are two entities. The Taliban have a focus on Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist network that acts globally. So the fact that those two entities are separated is, first of all, a message. Then there are clearer criteria for listings and de-listings in the Taliban regime, there is a role for the Afghan government in the listing and de-listing process. The Afghan government will have to be consulted, so it gives them additional ownership in the whole process, and that’s also a step forward and a clear signal that the Security Council wants to support the comprehensive political process and Afghan-led reconciliation among all Afghans.

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