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.