posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 07:32 PM
Australia will play an instrumental role on a UN security council committee responsible for applying global sanctions against al-Qaeda, the Taliban
and Iran, Foreign Minister Bob Carr says.
Senator Carr said Australia would chair the UN Security Council's sanctions committee, which has authority to determine which persons or entities the
al-Qaeda and Taliban sanctions are applied to.
"These appointments are a reflection of our high standing among Security Council members" Senator Carr said.
"We're seen as having the commitment and resources to deliver effective oversight of international sanctions regimes which are critical to Middle
East and global security."
The committee is responsible for monitoring international compliance with sanctions regimes and reporting back to the UNSC on apparent breaches.
Senator Carr said Australia's global security agenda in 2013 would also include a renewed push for a global Arms Trade Treaty in the UN.
The proposed treaty would impose new controls on illicit cross-border dealings in weapons such as automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and
"Our message is it's time for action on global arms control," Senator Carr said.
Whooa! We have stepped it up an notch.
I'm not sure what to think of this to be honest, but for now it looks as if we are in the driving seat.
Question and thoughts below people, I welcome the discussion:
*And please, can we refrain from the "Duh, Australia has got a small weener, it couldn't fight bla bla bla comments" Thanks