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UNSC Struggles To Whether Adjust With Taliban Sanctions Regime


(MENAFN- Khaama Press)
The United Nations Security Council meets about the situation in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

KABUL, Afghanistan – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is struggling to whether adjust with the ongoing sanctions regime against the so-called Islamic Emirate government, according to reports, saying“it's a consequential decision.”

Sanctions against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were implemented by the United Nations in November 1999, which were tightened against the Taliban under Executive Order 13224 after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

In June of 2022, the UN Security Council must decide whether to adjust the current regime of sanctions against leadership of the Islamic Emirate, said the Hill, a US Washingon-focused news outlet.

The sanctions for many years had included a ban on the leadership's international travel, which the Security Council suspended in April 2019 for the sake of a“reconciliation” process. 

The Hill wrote that Islamic Emirate's leaders used their travel freedom to cut separate deals with Russia, China and other neighbors, reinforcing their government while“refusing to negotiate with the elected Afghan government officials.”

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While world leaders, including the international community, have repeatedly refused to credit the current leadership lead by the Islamic Emirate, analysts fear“suspension” may continue to open doors for the group.

“The US use this (sanction) as leverage but there is a possibility for its suspension to continue because the US is still hopeful of finding a diplomatic solution for Afghanistan, and traveling is important for that issue,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst, as TOLOnews quoted.

However, the final decision on suspension of sanctions regime on Islamic Emirate remain controversial, as“a general meeting will be held in UN Security Council and member of the UNSC will meet,” said Suraya Paikan, a political analyst.

Islamic Emirate government has not immediately commented on the matter.

Why are Sanctions Imposed?

Sanctions against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were implemented by the United Nations in November 1999, which were tightened against the Taliban under Executive Order 13224 after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) maintains a Taliban sanctions regime to promote the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan. The Taliban is no longer considered a terrorist organization and is involved in political processes in Afghanistan.

However, sanctions continue to apply in relation to persons and entities designated for the purposes of the Taliban sanctions regime. Many countries, including the United States and Australia implement UNSC sanctions.

What is Prohibited by Taliban Sanctions Regime?

The Taliban sanctions regime imposes the following sanctions measures:

  • restrictions on supplying arms and related matériel
  • restrictions on providing services related to military activities (technical, financial or other assistance, or training)
  • restrictions on providing assets to designated persons or entities
  • restrictions on dealing with the assets of designated persons or entities
  • travel bans on designated persons
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    restrictions on supplying arms and related matériel
    restrictions on providing services related to military activities (technical, financial or other assistance, or training)
    restrictions on providing assets to designated persons or entities
    restrictions on dealing with the assets of designated persons or entities
    travel bans on designated persons

    In April 2019, the UN Security Council suspended the ban on Taliban leadership's international travel in an effort to push through the intra-Afghan negotiations , which aimed to facilitate an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

    But in August 2021, the Taliban gained control of the country, paralyzing Afghanistan political system, including economic, transportation, banking and education.

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