13 April 2000


Press Release
SC/6844



SECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE CONCERNING AFGHANISTAN DESIGNATES FUNDS, FINANCIAL RESOURCES OF TALIBAN

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On 12 April, the Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Afghanistan addressed a note verbale to all States drawing their attention to the obligation of Member States under the provisions of paragraph 4 (b) to freeze funds and other financial resources, including funds derived or generated from property owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Taliban, or by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, as designated by the Committee, and ensure that neither they nor any other funds or financial resources so designated are made available, by their nationals or by any persons within their territory, to or for the benefit of the Taliban or any undertaking owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Taliban, except as may be authorized by the Committee on a case-by-case basis on the grounds of humanitarian need.

The note verbale further stated that by paragraph 6 (e) of the same resolution, the Afghanistan Sanctions Committee is mandated to designate the aircraft and funds or other financial resources referred to in paragraph 4 in order to facilitate the implementation of the measures imposed by that paragraph. In this connection, the Committee designated funds and financial resources to be frozen by Member States as:

“Any financial assets and economic benefits of any kind, including funds derived or generated from property owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Taliban, or by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban. They include, but are not limited to: cash; cheques, drafts, money orders and other payment instruments; deposits with financial institutions or other entities, balances on accounts, debts and debt obligations; publicly and privately traded securities and debt instruments, including stocks and shares, certificates representing securities, bonds, notes, warrants, debentures, derivatives contracts; interest, dividends or other income on or value accruing from or generated by assets; credit rights of set-off, guarantees, performance bonds or other financial commitments; letters of credit, bills of lading, bills of sale; documents evidencing an interest in funds or financial resources.”

Member States are required to freeze funds and other financial resources as designated above by the Committee.

The note verbale also contained a list of entities and/or persons that have so far been identified by the Committee based on information provided by Member States as falling under one of the above-mentioned categories. This list will


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continue to be revised by the Committee with information from Member States, as necessary. The Committee requested that all Member States, pursuant to paragraph 9 of resolution 1267 (1999), provide such information to the Committee. Furthermore, the Committee reiterated that Member States are requested to report on any action that their national authorities have taken with regard to this issue by paragraph 10 of resolution 1267 (1999).

-- Ariana Afghan Airlines (formerly known as Bakhtar Afghan Airlines), Afghan Authority Building, P.O. Box 76, Ansari Watt, Kabul, Afghanistan, and any other offices of Ariana Afghan Airlines;

-- Banke Millie Afghan (a.k.a. Afghan National Bank; a.k.a. Bank E. Millie Afghan), Jada Ibn Sina, Kabul, Afghanistan, and any other offices of Banke Millie Afghan;

-- Da Afghanistan Bank (a.k.a. Bank of Afghanistan; a.k.a. Central Bank of Afghanistan; a.k.a. The Afghan State Bank), Ibni Sina Wat, Kabul, Afghanistan, and any other offices of Da Afghanistan Bank;

-- Account of Ariana Afghan Airlines in Citibank, New Delhi, India;

-- Account of Ariana Afghan Airlines in Punjab National Bank, New Delhi, India;

-- Omar, Mohammed (individual): Leader of the Faithful (“Amir ul-Mumineen”), Afghanistan (DOB 1950; POB Hotak, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan).

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