Australia appointed to UN sanctions committee

PTI Melbourne | Updated on January 07, 2013

Australia has been appointed to chair the UN Security Council committee which determines and monitors the international sanctions regimes against Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran.

“The role, which comes after Australia won a seat on the Security Council last year, is a reflection of Australia’s diplomatic standing on the world stage,” Foreign Minister Bob Carr was quoted as saying by the ABC news.

Australia will also be vice-chair for the sanctions committee on Sudan, Ivory Coast and Lebanon.

“This is a vote of confidence in Australia,” Carr said.

“It shows that the Security Council, including particularly its five permanent members, have got a fair bit of confidence in Australia’s diplomatic pull, and in particular in the area of anti-terrorism,” he said.

“Our role on the committee will be to determine which individuals or entities are subject to Al-Qaeda or Taliban sanctions,” he added.

Carr said Australia’s appointment to United Nations sanctions committee shows that other UN members take Australia seriously. The appointment will last for 12 months.

Published on January 07, 2013

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