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USIS Washington File

15 November 1999

Text: Rubin: Sanctions on Taliban are Now in Effect, November 15

(UNSC Resolution 1267 demands Taliban turn over Usama Bin Laden) (450)
The UN Security Council President announced November 15 that sanctions
imposed on the Taliban by Security Council Resolution 1267 are now in
effect.
The resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the Security Council
on October 15, demands the Taliban turn over the terrorist Usama Bin
Laden without further delay to authorities in a country where he will
be brought to justice.
Until the Taliban comply, the resolution requires UN member states to
deny permission for Taliban-owned, -leased or -operated aircraft to
land in or take off from their territory. It also calls for the
freezing of funds and other financial resources, including funds
derived from property owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by
the Taliban.
"These sanctions have been written to ensure that humanitarian
assistance to the people of Afghanistan will be unimpeded," State
Department Spokesman James Rubin said November 15.
Following is the text of Rubin's statement:
(begin text)
US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
November 15, 1999
STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN
AFGHANISTAN: TALIBAN SANCTIONS
The UN Security Council President announced today that sanctions
imposed on the Taliban by Security Council Resolution 1267 are now in
effect. The resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the Security
Council on October 15, demands the Taliban turn over the terrorist
Usama Bin Laden without further delay to authorities in a country
where he will be brought to justice. Until the Taliban comply, the
resolution requires UN member states to deny permission for
Taliban-owned, -leased or -operated aircraft to land in or take off
from their territory. It also calls for the freezing of funds and
other financial resources, including funds derived from property owned
or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Taliban. These sanctions
have been written to ensure that humanitarian assistance to the people
of Afghanistan will be unimpeded.
The Taliban had thirty days in which to comply with this resolution
before sanctions were imposed. We regret that the Taliban have chosen
to defy the international community's determination to bring Usama Bin
Laden to justice.
These sanctions will remain in place until the Taliban have fulfilled
the obligation set out in Security Council Resolution 1267: the
Taliban must expel bin Laden to a country where he can be brought to
justice.
Taliban assertions to the contrary, the U.S. has always been willing
and will continue to be willing to discuss with the Taliban a wide
range of issues, including Usama bin Laden.
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State.)



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