RESTRICTIVE MEASURES AGAINST SUDAN
Letter from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Minister
for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Chairman
On 29 March 2005, the UN Security Council adopted
resolution 1591 (2005) imposing restrictive measures against Sudan
and rebel groups involved in the Darfur conflict. The Resolution
imposed a travel ban, arms embargo and asset freeze, owned or
controlled, directly or indirectly by the persons designated by
the UN Sudan Sanctions Committee. In response the EU adopted Common
Position 2005/411/CFSP and implementing regulation No 1184/2005.
This brought together into a single instrument the EU's existing
comprehensive arms embargo on Sudan with the measures that the
EU took to implement the assets freeze and travel ban imposed
by UNSCR. The scope of the EU's embargo is wider than that imposed
by UNSCR 1591 (2005), which is concentrated on the Darfur region.
The Government strongly supports the measures contained in UNSCR
1591 (2005) and in the Common position.
Article 8 of Common Position 2005/411/CFSP states
that the measure imposed by the Common Position shall be reviewed
12 months after its adoption (or earlier in the light of the determinations
of the Security Council regarding the assets freeze and travel
ban imposed by UNSCR 1591 (2005)) and only repealed if the Council
deems that their objectives have been met. I am writing to inform
you that in line with Article 8 the relevant geographic working
group has determined that the objectives of the Common Position
have not been met and therefore they should not be repealed.
I would also like to take this opportunity to
inform you that on 25 April 2006 the UN Security Council, based
on a UK proposal, adopted resolution 1672 (2006) which designated
four individuals as subject to the travel restrictions and assets
freeze imposed by paragraph 3 of resolution 1591 (2005). These
individuals will be added to the Annex of targeted individuals
attached to Common Position 2005/411/CFSP by Council Decision
on 29 May.
21 May 2006