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