Explanation of vote by Ambassador Wittig on Al Qaida- & Taliban-sanctions regimes

Jun 17, 2011

(as delivered)

Explanation of Vote

Germany welcomes today’s decision of the Security Council to split the current 1267-Al Qaida-Taliban-regime and to establish a country-specific regime for Afghanistan.

In the new regime, the Government of Afghanistan has a distinct and visible role to play in the process of listing and delisting. With the new consultation and coordination mechanisms prior to listing or delisting respectively, the Council sent a strong signal of trust and support for the peace and reconciliation efforts of the Government of Afghanistan.

With linking the delisting process to the internationally endorsed criteria for reconciliation, the Security Council is now well positioned to constructively support political dialogue in Afghanistan.

This resolution is a major step forward, especially in the run-up to the Afghanistan-Conference , that my country is hosting in Bonn in December this year.

The new mandate for the Al Qaida-regime provides a solid basis to counter the global threat of Al Qaida and affiliated networks to peace and international security.

Germany reiterates that the effectiveness of this counter-terrorism tool depends primarily on the implementation of the measures by member states. Member states will only accept this task if they have trust in the fair and clear procedures within the sanctions regime.

The Security Council has come a long way. With the triennial review introduced in Res. 1822, but even more so with the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsperson the Council has continuously taken important steps to enhance fair and clear procedures.

Today the Council decided to underscore once more its commitment to this principle through further enhancing the role of the Ombudsperson.

As of today, the Ombudsperson is requested to provide not only observations, but also recommendations on the delisting of petitioners, whereby substantially strengthening her role within the framework of fair and clear procedures.

And from now on the committee needs consensus for keeping individuals on the list, if the Ombudsperson recommended otherwise.

Germany welcomes this as a major achievement.

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