UN to review de-listing names of Taliban leaders from black list
The special representative of United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan said here Saturday that a team from the UN Security Council is arriving to work on sanction list of Taliban leaders enlisted with the world body, Xinhua reported.
"Security Council resolution said that all member states should participate actively in maintaining and updating, I repeat updating the list created following this resolution," Staffan de Mistura told a press conference on Saturday.
He also said that such updating is expected to take place at the end of this month.
"Currently in Kabul a special group which is coming from Security Council resolution 1267 to work on this list," the top UN diplomat said, adding, "We are not pre-judging the conclusion neither of Security Council because at the end of the day it is in the hand of Security Council."
Examination of the de-listing of Taliban leaders from the black list of United Nations is taking place in the wake of a three-day Afghan Peace Jirga or assembly, which concluded on May 4 and called on international community and UN to remove the names of the Taliban leaders from the black list as part of efforts to accelerate the national reconciliation program. "The de-listing is one of the clear messages coming from Peace Jirga," the official said, adding, "The list maybe completely out dated, there has been long-awaited timing for this and now is the right time."
The UN sanctions list established by the Security Council is based on resolution 1267 adopted in 1999 to cover individuals and entities associated with Taliban and al-Qaida network.
The Security Council has removed the names of six Taliban officials including Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil, the former Taliban foreign minister from the black list in January this year.