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10 Taliban taken off UN terror list: Austria

world Updated: Aug 02, 2010 23:49 IST

Ten Taliban members and 35 Al-Qaeda members and affiliates have been removed from a UN sanctions terror list after an exhaustive review of 488 names, Austria's UN ambassador announced on Monday.

"As a result of the review of 488 names, 45 were delisted," Thomas Mayr-Harting, the chair of the UN Security Council panel that maintains a blacklist of individuals and entities linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, told reporters.

He said those removed, following requests from governments, include 10 individuals who had been associated with the Taliban as well as 14 individuals and 21 entities linked at some point to Al-Qaeda.

Last week, five of the 10 Taliban removed from the list were named as Abdul Satar Paktin; Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad Awrang, a former Afghan envoy to the UN; Abdul Salam Zaeef, author of "My life with the Taliban;" and two officials who are now deceased.

Individuals on the list are subject to asset freezes, a travel ban and an arms embargo.

Mayr-Hartin said 433 names -- 132 Taliban and 311 from Al-Qaeda -- were confirmed on the list, although a final decision for 66 among them is still pending.

As part of his efforts to promote national reconciliation, Afghan President Hamid Karzai had asked the Security Council to remove names of some Taliban members who were not linked to Al-Qaeda from the terror blacklist.

The Karzai government has set conditions for peace talks with Taliban insurgents, demanding militants renounce violence, accept the Afghan constitution and rescind ties with Al-Qaeda.

The Afghan reportedly sought the removal of up to 50 former Taliban officials from the blacklist, including those of a number of persons now deceased.

Last January, the sanctions panel had already removed five top Taliban officials from its list.