SC could take action if
sanctions not implemented: UN
By Lalit K Jha
Nations, Dec 13 (IANS) A top UN official, responsible for
monitoring sanctions imposed by the Security Council on individuals
and organizations branded as terrorist, has said the 15-member
powerful body could take actions against countries if they
fail to implement the sanctions.
Barrett, Coordinator of the Security Council established Al
Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Committee, appreciated
the steps taken by Pakistan after the committee slapped sanctions
on Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a frontal organization of Laskhar-e-Taiba,
and four top leaders of LeT as terrorists.
am quite sure that Pakistan would take the necessary action;
I do not think there is going to be a problem with that,"
Barrett told IANS in an interview. News reports coming from
Islamabad say that soon after the Security Council imposed
sanctions on JuD and LeT leaders for their alleged involvement
in the Mumbai terrorists attacks, Pakistan arrested several
of its leaders, put them under house arrest and sealed their
Barrett said there are provisions with United Nations that
the Security Council can take action against nations if they
are seen to be not taking the desired actions against individuals
and organizations branded as terrorists by the Security Council.
sanctions are imposed, Security Council expects countries
to freeze the assets of individuals and organizations branded
as terrorists, prevent their international travel and forbid
them from any arms trade and military training, he said.
a country does not take the necessary step then the Security
Council would think what to do about them. It would look into
the circumstances, look at the reasons why the steps have
not been taken and then decide would appropriate action is
required," Barrett said.
said: "The first step is to check if there is a case
(against the country for not implementing sanctions) or not.
So the first question is of contacting the State, or looking
into it further, or if the location is quite clear, takes
action against the State."
UN official said the latest sanctions imposed by the Security
Council committee shows that LeT and its other frontal organizations
are associated or linked somewhere with Al Qaeda.
also shows that the international community as a whole, and
it also includes Pakistan, is quite serious about preventing
this short of activities where it might occur," he said.
head of the Security Council Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions
Monitoring Committee, Barrett said his work is to see the
sanctions are implemented by member nations as desired by
work very closely with all our colleagues, and of course with
countries like Pakistan, which of course is a strong supporter
of the monitoring team," he said.
who has been to Pakistan including the troubled tribal areas
of the country several times in the past, is planning to go
to Pakistan soon as a follow up to the latest sanctions slapped
by the UN body.
look forward to the further good relations and discussions
with them (Pakistani officials) about the particular threat
posed by Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Taliban and Al Qaeda affiliates,"
asked about media reports about a US proposal to slap similar
sanctions on Hamid Gul, the former head of ISI of Pakistan,
Barrett said he has not seen any such proposal till now.
have not seen any proposal of that name being added to the
list," he said.