NEW YORK, 22nd December, 2015 (WAM) — The UN Security Council has extended and adjusted its sanctions regime against individuals and entities affiliated with the Taliban, clarifying exemptions to travel bans and asset freezes, as well as language on the need to combat the financing of terrorism, deciding to review the implementation of those and other measures in 18 months time.

Unanimously adopting Resolution 2255 for 2015 under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, and ahead of a separate meeting for its quarterly debate on Afghanistan, the council decided that the travel ban would not apply where the committee established in Paragraph 35 of Resolution 1988 for 2011, determined, on a case-by-case basis only, that such entry or transit was justified. Any exemption would only be granted for the requested period of any travel to the specified location or locations.

In that context, the council invited the government of Afghanistan, in coordination with the High Peace Council, to submit to the committee the names of listed individuals for whom it confirmed the necessity of such travel to participate in meetings in support of peace and reconciliation.

To combat the financing of terrorism, the council called upon states to move “vigorously and decisively” to cut the flow of funds and other financial assets and economic resources to individuals and entities on the 1988 sanction list, taking into account the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force in that regard.