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Australia to chair UN Security Council Sanction Committees on al-Qaida, Taliban, Iran

January 7, 2013

Australia will take a leading role in managing global sanctions against al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran as Chair of the UN Security Council Committees overseeing these issues.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Sanctions Committees had delegated authority from the Security Council to determine which persons or entities the al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions applied to.

“These appointments are a reflection of our high standing among Security Council members” Senator Carr said.

“We’re seen as having the commitment and resources to deliver effective oversight of international sanctions regimes which are critical to Middle East and global security.

“All Australians would be proud that we’ll be taking up this global security role.”

Senator Carr said the sanctions committees would:

• determine which individuals or entities were subject to al-Qaida or Taliban sanctions; and
• monitor international compliance with sanctions regimes and report back to the UNSC on apparent breaches.

Senator Carr said the Australia’s global security agenda in 2013 would also include a renewed push for a global Arms Trade Treaty in the UN. The proposed Treaty would impose new controls on illicit cross-border dealings in weapons such as automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition.

“Our message is its time for action on global arms control,” Senator Carr said.

“An Arms Trade Treaty would improve the efficiency of UN sanctions by reducing the flow of conventional weapons to terrorists.

“Each day there are around 2,000 deaths in conflicts potentially fuelled by illegally traded arms.

“We’re taking a lead against terrorism – overseeing UN sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban and pushing for tougher arms control to cut illicit weapons supplies.”

Security Council sanctions were imposed on the Taliban in October 1999 in response to human rights violations and the use of Afghan territory to shelter and train terrorists and plan terrorist attacks.

Global sanctions were imposed on al-Qaida in December 2000 in recognition of the threat it posed to international peace and security.

Sanctions were imposed on Iran in 2006 in response to Iran’s non-compliance with UNSC and International Atomic Energy Agency resolutions on the development of its nuclear program.

Sanctions can include international controls or prohibitions on trade, goods and services and financial transactions. They can also include measures targeting individuals or entities through measures such as travel and financial restrictions and the freezing of overseas assets.

In addition to its appointment as Chair of the Sanctions Committees for al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran, Australia will be vice-chair of sanctions committees addressing situations in the Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire and Lebanon.

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4 Comments
  1. John Cox permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:11 am

    Hi Bob, am looking forward to reading your ‘Lincoln’ review if you get the time. Regards, jc

    Sent from my iPad

  2. January 7, 2013 12:22 pm

    And the world will continue its sanctions against Israel, through the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement). And Australia should consider much stronger ties with the Taliban. They make the best submarines in the world. Their concealment technology is so good that not a single Taliban submarine has ever been sighted! Sanctions against al-Qaida? Eh? With Australia doing its level best to assist al-Qaida take over in Syria? I quote: Bob Carr endorses al-Qaeda as the leadership of Syria Australia will be one of the countries responsible for an extended bloodbath in Syria, after Foreign Minister Bob Carr took Barack Obama’s lead, and announced that Australia now recognises the al-Qaeda-linked Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representatives of Syria. The Obama administration made a big show on 11 December of blacklisting the Jabhat al-Nusra front in Syria as a terrorist group, calling it an “alias” for the group known as al-Qaeda in Iraq. However, the very next day that blacklisting was shown to be merely cosmetic, when Obama conferred official recognition on the Syrian National Coalition which is closely linked to the al-Nusra front. Bob Carr followed suit immediately. AFP reported 12 December that the Syrian National Coalition doesn’t hide its al-Qaeda connections: its leader, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib urged the U.S. at a meeting that day in Morocco of the Friends of Syria group, to review the blacklisting of al-Nusra. “The decision to blacklist one of the groups fighting the regime as a terrorist organisation must be re-examined,” he said. “We can have ideological and political differences with certain parties, but the revolutionaries all share the same goal: to overthrow the criminal regime” of President Bashar al-Assad. London’s Telegraph newspaper reported 10 December that 29 Syrian opposition groups have signed a petition is support of Jabhat al-Nusra, which urges supporters to “raise the Jabhat al-Nusra flag”—the flag of al-Qaeda—as a “thank-you”. Jabhat al-Nusra is the dominant anti-Assad fighting force in Syria, comprised of jihadis who gained combat experience killing occupation forces, thousands of Shiites and Christians, and even fellow Sunnis in the post-Saddam Iraq insurgency, and who have now crossed the border into Syria, many going via Libya on the way. All along, they have been funded by the British-allied Saudi Royal family and Qatar. (Click here for more—PDF) The Telegraph reported, “Jabhat al-Nusra made its mark early this year with a string of suicide bombings, a tactic it continues to use. Aided by fighters from abroad and Syrians who have returned from other wars in the Middle East, it has also led battles for a number of military bases, and secured a string of recent victories… Although Jabhat al-Nusra remains separate from the Free Syrian Army, many FAS leaders now recognise its strength and order their forces to cooperate with it.” The Russian government and many other experts warn that if the Assad regime falls, far from ending conflict, the heavy presence of al-Qaeda elements in Syria guarantees a protracted period of bloody conflict similar to the Sunni insurgency in Iraq. The recognition of the SNC opens the way for the British and Obama and their allies to openly arm the Syrian insurgency, arms which will also go to the very al-Qaeda network against which 39 Australians have died fighting in Afghanistan.

  3. January 7, 2013 1:21 pm

    This is a much needed move by the world authority. Making it work will probably be a nightmare initially, but it often takes time to implement good policies.

  4. Marilyn permalink
    January 9, 2013 1:04 pm

    Sanctions kill more than wars do, with our record after AWB stealing $300 million from the oil for food program and being the biggest thieves from that system the notion that we are in charge of starving others is ridiculous.

    Just employ AWB and they will rort the system as gold star rorters.

    Bob Carr, you have Iranians treated worse than mass murderers locked up on Manus Island and Nauru without charge simply for escaping the regime you think we can now starve to death.

    REally, you are a spiv.

    And Denise, 500,000 children died in Iraq under sanctions, do you want millions of Iranians to starve too, not to mention the kids of the so-called taliban?

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