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:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
August 3, 2005
Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution
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
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.