U.N. Security Council briefed on CBRN proliferation

The U.N. Security Council received briefings Monday from three committees on issues related to the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; al-Qaeda and the Taliban; and counterterrorism.

Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, the current chairman of the committee on the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, said that since its last briefing to the council, the committee has raised awareness about revised procedures for processing assistance requests. In addition, the committee has encouraged member states to provide updated information on offers of assistance or submitted assistance requests.

Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany told the council the numbers of suspected members of terrorist individuals and groups as part of his work as chairman of the Committee on Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and Associated Individuals and Entities. The list of people and entities targeted for sanctions includes 488 entries, 258 al-Qaeda individuals, 138 Taliban individuals and 92 al-Qaeda entities.

Since the last briefing to the council last November, six individuals have been added and six names were removed. Additionally, 37 entries were amended on the basis of new information. The committee was established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1267 to impose sanctions on individuals and entities connected with the two terrorist groups.

Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, the chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, told the council that major issues considered by the committee include the control of cash couriers and the abuse of non-profit organizations for terrorist financing. The CTC was formed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and deals with terrorism and pressing member states to take action to prevent and combat terrorism.