Al-Qaida & Taliban Sanctions Committee
The mandates of the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee (known as the 1267 Committee) and its Monitoring Team are set to expire on 29 December. The Monitoring Team assists the Committee in monitoring implementation of the measures imposed by resolutions 1267, 1333, 1390 and 1617 on Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden, the Taliban and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them.
In establishing its mandate, the Council set specific tasks for the team, including the submission of recommendations on the improvement of the monitoring and the effectiveness of the sanctions regime. Some of these recommendations have already been implemented, while others are still pending in the Committee. The Council indicated in resolution 1617 that its review at the end of the current mandate would include consideration of ways to possibly strengthen further the sanctions measures. An important underlying issue is that, despite the request from the 2005 World Summit more than a year ago, the Committee has still not approved new guidelines for the de-listing process.
Other issues raised over the past several months and expected to be considered by the Council in extending the mandate is the duplication and overlapping in the work of the three terrorism-related committees: the 1267, Counter-Terrorism and 1540 (non-proliferation) Committees. Also to be considered is the reporting burden, which many small states have complained about. It is expected that these issues will be taken up in the context of enhancing collaboration between the three committees during the consideration of a new resolution, expected by 29 December, extending the mandates of the 1267 Committee and its Monitoring Team.
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