WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council on Monday extended its sanctions regime against the Taliban and their affiliates.
A resolution in this regard was passed unanimously by the 15-member Security Council — the most powerful body of the United Nations.
However, as part of effort to encourage peace talks, the Security Council decided to exempt travel ban on a case-by-case basis. It asked the Afghan government to provide it with the names of such individuals.
Any ban exemption would only be granted for the requested period of any travel to the specified location(s). Afghanistan was asked to submit to the sanctions committee the names of listed individuals for whom it confirmed the necessity of travel to participate in meetings in support of peace and reconciliation.
Further the Security Council called upon states to move “vigorously and decisively” to cut the flow of funds and other financial assets and economic resources to individuals and entities on the 1988 sanction list, taking into account the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force.
The Security Council also condemned the continuing flow of weapons, military equipment and component for improvised explosive device to the Taliban, expressing serious concern at their destabilising impact on Afghanistan’s security.
It encouraged countries to share information, establish partnerships and develop national strategies and capabilities to counter the devices.
Briefing members of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, special representative of the secretary-general, welcomed the Afghan government’s commitment of December 9 to the peace process.
Calling upon the Taliban to engage directly with it, he emphasised there was no other way for insurgent groups to demonstrate a commitment to the welfare and prosperity of their fellow citizens.
In the long term, he said, the single development that would allow for material progress towards a stable and self-reliant Afghanistan would be an agreement among Afghans as to arrangements for living together in peace.
After promising developments earlier in 2015, most notably the July talks in Murree, peace efforts had reached an impasse and strains reappeared in relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.