Afghanistan wants more Taliban off UN `blacklist`

Afghanistan asked the United Nations on Tuesday to remove more Taliban leaders from its sanctions terror list as part of efforts to end a deadly insurgency.

Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 23:13 PM IST

Kabul: Afghanistan asked the United
Nations on Tuesday to remove more Taliban leaders from its
sanctions terror list as part of efforts to end a deadly
insurgency.

The request by the troubled nation`s powerful
National Security Council follows the removal of 10 Taliban
and 35 Al-Qaeda members from the blacklist by the world body
earlier this month.
"Afghanistan`s National Security Council, after
investigations and assessments, has recently sent a list
comprised of 47 people... to the United Nations to be removed
from the blacklist," a statement said.

President Hamid Karzai has offered an olive branch
to the Taliban and other insurgents in return for
reconciliation.

The removal of Taliban militants from the UN`s
blacklist was also requested by a grand tribal assembly in
June.

"The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, by sending
the list, took another step towards implementing the decisions
of the Peace Jirga," the statement said.
Individuals on the list are subject to asset
freezes, a travel ban and an arms embargo.

PTI