UN extends mandate of monitoring team to assist UNSC 1267 expert group on Afghanistan
The United Nations Security Council decided on Friday to consider a resolution to extend the mandate of the monitoring team set up to assist UNSC 1267 which is dealing with the situation in Afghanistan, ANI reported. UNSC 1267 was unanimously adopted in 1999 to impose sanctions on the Afghan Taliban regime.
In addition to 1267, the UNSC also considered a resolution to extend the terms of the committees from 1988. Notably, both 1267 and 1988 deal with terrorism. As a result of these two resolutions, it became possible for the United Nations to penalize the terrorist organization for imposing sanctions on various terrorist groups.
“Consideration of a resolution to extend the mandate of the monitoring team established to assist UNSC 1267 and 1988 committees,” India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations said in a tweet.
According to the UN resolution, the committee is mandated to:
- Supervise the implementation of sanctions measures
- Designate natural and legal persons who meet the listing criteria set out in the relevant resolutions
- Examine and decide on notifications and requests for exemption from sanctions measures
- Examine and decide on requests to remove a name from the ISIL (Daesh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list
- Perform periodic and specialized reviews of ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list entries
- Review reports submitted by the monitoring team
- Annual report to the Security Council on the implementation of sanctions measures
- Carry out awareness raising activities
Role and importance of resolution 1267
It should be mentioned that the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 Sanctions Committee is one of the most influential and committed UN subsidiary bodies operating on measures to combat terrorism, in particular in relation to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.
Initially, the Committee was established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), which imposed a limited air embargo and an asset freeze on the Taliban. Over time, the regime evolved and the measures became a targeted asset freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo on designated individuals and entities, according to the UNSC.
Exemptions from the asset freeze and travel ban have also been introduced and the fairness and clarity of registration and de-listing procedures have been improved, including through the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman, according to the details mentioned. on the UNSC portal.