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US hails removal of Afghans from UN sanctions list

US hails removal of Afghans from UN sanctions list

Jul 21, 2011 - 13:29

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United States on Wednesday welcomed the July 15 decision of the United Nations Security Council to remove 14 individuals from the sanctions list, including four members of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon

The decision reflected the opportunity that the June 17 division of the sanctions regime presented for the Talibaninfo-icon to seek reconciliation with the Afghan government, the US embassy in Kabul said.

A statement from the embassy said the action, requested by the government of Afghanistaninfo-icon, also served as an important signal that reconciliation could pay immediate dividends. 

"We recognise and welcome the efforts made by the High Peace Council to work towards peace, stability and reconciliation generally and its contributions to the July 15 decision," it added.

The delisting demonstrated the international community's support for Afghan government efforts to engage reconciled Taliban who cut ties with Al Qaeda, abandoned violence and recognised the Afghan constitution, the embassy said.


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