Tue, 08 Jan 2013 02:22:00 GMT

Australia appointed to UN sanctions committee



From Natasha Chaku
Melbourne, Jan 7 (PTI) Australia has been appointed to chair the UN Security Council committees which determine and monitor 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 committees on the Sudan, the 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 appointments to United Nations sanctions committees show that other UN members take Australia seriously.

The appointments will last for twelve months.

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