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Kabul Urges UN To Remove More Names From Terrorist List

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

UNITED NATIONS -- Afghanistan's ambassador to the UN has urged the Security Council to remove more members of the Taliban from its international sanctions list, saying the move is "critical for achieving lasting peace and security."

UN Resolution 1267 blacklisted hundreds of individuals and entities suspected of being associated with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban but is increasingly viewed by Kabul as a major impediment toward its peace and reconciliation effort.

During a special council session on global terrorism matters, Ambassador Zahir Tanin also urged the council to streamline the procedures for listing and delisting names on the list.

Created in 1999, the 1267 list was initially seen as a temporary measure aimed against the emerging Al-Qaeda and Taliban threats. Over time, it has become a permanent fixture and lightning rod for criticism.

The Austrian diplomat who chairs the 1267 committee, Thomas Mayr-Harting, said the committee is investigating how many terrorist suspects on the list have died. He also acknowledged the weaknesses in the current procedures for listing and delisting names.

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