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----- Original Message ----- >From: <email@example.com> To: Foreign Affairs News <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 1:20 PM Subject: 78 - Axworthy - N. Release - Sanctions > > April 17, 2000 (4:20 p.m. EDT) No. 78 > > > UN SECURITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHES SANCTIONS WORKING GROUP; CANADIAN-SPONSORED > SANCTIONS STUDY UNVEILED > > Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy, as President of the UN Security > Council, today announced the creation of a Security Council working group on > 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 report > 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 practice," > 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 their > potential as a tool for multilateral diplomacy. > > Minister Axworthy also announced Canadian initiatives in response to the IPA > report. Canada will contribute $100 000 to commission a follow-up report to > 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 federal > budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework. > > > - 30 - > > For further information, media representative may contact : > > Debora Brown > Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs > (613) 995-1851 > > Media Relations Office > Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade > (613) 995-1874 > > > > -------------------------------------- > The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade E-Mail Subscription Service: > > You are currently subscribed to Foreign Affairs News as: mailto:email@example.com. > > TO UNSUBSCRIBE - Please send a blank e-mail to mailto:leave-fanews-2431D@listserv.dfait-maeci.gc.ca. > > For more information please visit the departmental web site: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca > -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi