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U.S. Hails United Nations Anti-Terrorist Resolution

Commits to working with U.N., countries on implementation, State Dept. says

Posted: August 4, 2005 Related item: U.N. Security Council Unanimously Condemns Terrorism in Iraq  

The United States has welcomed the adoption by the U.N. Security Council of an anti-terrorism resolution clarifying and strengthening international sanctions on Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates.

In an August 3 media note, the Office of U.S. State Department Spokesman said that agreement on the Resolution 1617 “expresses the shared commitment of the global community in the fight against terrorism.”

The United States is committed to work with the United Nations and individual governments to implement measures covered by the document, the note said.

The resolution helps identify more clearly terrorists subject to U.N. sanctions and provide new guidelines for designating their associates.

Following is the text of the note:

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Office of the Spokesman

August 3, 2005


Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1617

The United States welcomes the Security Council's July 29th unanimous adoption of Resolution 1617, reaffirming and strengthening international sanctions on Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and their associates.

Agreement on this Resolution expresses the shared commitment of the global community in the fight against terrorism. The United States worked closely with other members of the Security Council in the drafting of the Resolution, and looks forward to deepening our partnership with the United Nations and with governments around the world in working to implement its provisions.

Resolution 1617 improves the international community's efforts to combat terrorism by more clearly identifying terrorists who are subject to UN sanctions, by endorsing an effective set of standards and practices for implementing the financial sanctions imposed on them, and by facilitating cooperation among various counter-terrorism committees and bodies. It also extends the mandate of the Analysis and Monitoring Team, which helps the Council oversee the implementation of these sanctions. Sanctions were initially imposed by Resolution 1267 in 1999, and, among other results, have provided the foundation for multilateral efforts to deny use of the international financial system to designated terrorists.

Resolution 1617 carries forward a consolidated list of terrorists tied to the Taliban, Usama bin Laden, and Al-Qaida. Inclusion on the list triggers international obligations upon all UN member countries, requiring them to freeze the assets and prevent the travel of listed individuals and to block the sale of arms and military equipment.

The State Department and U.S. embassies overseas have played a central role in the United States' efforts to support implementation of these sanctions, and will continue to do so.

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