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2nd Axworthy News Release

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Subject: 78 - Axworthy - N. Release - Sanctions

> April 17, 2000 (4:20 p.m. EDT) No. 78
> Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy, as President of the UN Security
> Council, today announced the creation of a Security Council working group
> sanctions policy, with a mandate to develop recommendations on how to
> improve the effectiveness of UN sanctions. The announcement followed the
> first-ever open discussion of the Security Council on the effectiveness of
> sanctions. The working group, which has a mandate to explore ways of
> targeting sanctions and avoiding negative humanitarian impacts, will
> its findings to the Security Council in November.
> "I welcome the establishment of the Council working group on sanctions
> policy. It will have Canada's full support and active participation in
> seeking ways to improve the design of sanctions and guide future
> said Mr. Axworthy, who chaired the Council meeting. "Today's meeting was a
> concrete signal of the Council's determination to work towards more
> effective and humane sanctions."
> A Canadian-sponsored study on sanctions by the International Peace Academy
> (IPA), The Sanctions Decade, was also launched today by Secretary-General
> Kofi Annan and Minister Axworthy. The study recommends concrete ways for
> making sanctions "smarter," more humane, and more capable of realizing
> potential as a tool for multilateral diplomacy.
> Minister Axworthy also announced Canadian initiatives in response to the
> report. Canada will contribute $100 000 to commission a follow-up report
> The Sanctions Decade, which will serve as a report card on reforms
> undertaken by the Security Council to make sanctions more humane and
> effective. Canada will also provide a further $100 000 to commission a
> strategic management study on ways of upgrading the UN Secretariat's
> capacity for administering sanctions. Finally, Canada announced it will
> convene a conference of experts to begin the development of an explicit
> legal regime to govern the use of sanctions, including standardized policy
> guidelines and operational principles.
> Funding for these initiatives was provided for in the February 2000
> budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.
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