17 June 2011 - Security Council - Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts - Statement by Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
I should like to thank the United States delegation for its efforts, which have allowed us today to adopt two important resolutions that my country was pleased to co-sponsor.
With the ambitious reform of the sanctions regime established by resolution 1267 (1999), I think that we have achieved our objective: to improve the effectiveness of the United Nations sanctions regime as a tool for fighting terrorism and strengthening its legitimacy. The establishment of two separate sanctions regimes makes it possible to adapt our tools to a threat that has been constantly changing for 10 years and that will continue to evolve after the death of Osama Bin Laden.
The links between Al-Qaida and the Taliban have not disappeared, but they are not the same as in 1999. We must draw lessons from this. In encouraging the Taliban to join the inter-Afghan reconciliation process, the new sanctions regime will contribute to the efforts that the Afghan Government, with the support of the international community, is making in order to reach a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
The improvements made to and the guarantees included in the sanctions regime against Al-Qaida allow us to respond to the criticisms that have been made, including by judicial authorities in Europe and elsewhere. The strengthening of the powers of the Mediator, greater transparency and flexibility in deciding on possible de-listings create conditions for a procedure that more equitable. Our determination to fight terrorism remains intact. With these two regimes, we have a tool that is commensurate with our ambitions and that is adapted to the current state of the terrorist threat.