Mixed progress reported by Security Council panel on use of sanctions

After two years of deliberations, a Security Council panel looking at the use of sanctions has reached consensus on many issues but remains unable to agree on recommendations for how long such punitive measures should be in place, the President of the Council said today.

Head of Security Council Al-Qaida sanctions committee begins mission

The chairman of the United Nations Security Council's committee on sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban today begins a round of visits in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to coordinate action against the two groups.

Security Council welcomes targeted sanctions as useful tool

United Nations Security Council members today welcomed targeted sanctions as a useful tool to focus pressure on specific states and entities while minimizing the unintended impact on civilian populations and non-targeted states and entities.