Moscow Hopes New Sanctions will Curb Afghanistan Taliban

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Moscow said Wednesday it hoped that additional UN sanctions slapped on the ruling Taliban militia in Afghanistan will curb the fundamentalist Islamic movement's support for "international terrorists." 

"This is the world community's sound response to the Taliban leadership's brazen disregard for the UN Security Council's previous resolution 1267 on Afghanistan," Russian foreign ministry sources told Interfax news agency. 

The sources added that they hoped the fresh punitive measures proposed by Moscow and Washington "will have the proper impact on the Taliban." 

Resolution 1267 demands that the Taliban stop supporting "international terrorism," close "terrorist" camps on its territory and hand over Osama bin Laden, the Saudi dissident and billionaire indicted in the United States for his alleged role in US embassy bombings in East Africa in 1998. 

The Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo, reinforced its existing air embargo, ordered the closing of the group's offices abroad, and forbade Taliban officials to leave Afghanistan. 

The resolution, presented by the United States and Russia, was passed with 13 votes. China and Malaysia abstained from the vote -- MOSCOW (AFP)  



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