UN helps blacklisted Taleban travel for peace talks
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council renewed its sanctions regime against the Afghan Taleban on Monday, but adapted it to help those on the blacklist travel outside of Afghanistan for peace talks.
There are 132 individuals and four entities on the current sanctions list, and diplomats voiced hope that the travel exemptions would help promote peace and reconciliation with foreign troops due to leave the country in 2014.
The resolution "invites the government of Afghanistan, in close coordination with the High Peace Council, to submit for the committee's consideration the names of listed individuals for whom it confirms travel to such specified location or locations is necessary to participate in meetings in support of peace and reconciliation".
The council's sanctions committee requires that travelers inform them of their passport number, destination and the duration of their travel - which cannot exceed nine months.