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Karzai to push for removing up to 50 ex-Taliban officials from U.N. blacklist

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's diplomatic outreach at the United Nations has taken on renewed urgency in recent weeks as he has begun to press for a political settlement to the conflict in his country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's diplomatic outreach at the United Nations has taken on renewed urgency in recent weeks as he has begun to press for a political settlement to the conflict in his country. (Kimimasa Mayama/bloomberg News)

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As it awaits Afghanistan's request to delist more former Taliban officials, the Security Council has proceeded with its review of about a dozen individuals whose names were submitted for removal several years ago.

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Among them is a former Taliban education minister, Mullah Arsala Rahmani, who is a member of the Afghan senate.

Rahmani said in an interview that after he spoke with a U.N. delegation in Kabul last month, he was led to believe that he "was going to be removed from the blacklist," although he said he was not told that explicitly.

"I'm very happy I'm going to be removed," Rahmani said. Under the terms of the sanctions, his bank account has been frozen. Once his name is cut from the blacklist, he said, "I'll be able to open an account and . . . get some money."

Despite being blacklisted, though, Rahmani said his travel has not been restricted. He said he has traveled to Britain, France and Kenya since his name was put on the list.

"Karzai wants the U.N. to remove all the people's names from the blacklist," Rahmani said. "And that's something that all Afghans want, because it will help in the process of peace negotiations."

Partlow reported from Kabul.


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