The U.N. Security Council has decided to shift its sanctions from Afghanistan to Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaeda terrorist network and the remnants of the Taliban.
In a resolution adopted unanimously on Wednesday, the Security Council demands that all 189 U.N. member countries impose an arms embargo and travel ban on individuals and groups associated with bin Laden, his al-Qaeda network and the Taliban, wherever they may be hiding and operating.
The resolution, drafted by the five permanent members of the Security Council, also requires all member states to freeze all the financial assets of "bin Laden, members of the al-Qaeda organization and the Taliban and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them."
The resolution brought to an end sanctions against Afghanistan, which was imposed against the country in November 1999. The punishing measures, including an arms embargo, a travel ban and the freezing of assets, were further tightened in December 2000 to pressure the then-ruling Taliban to hand over bin Laden for trial in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.