The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has taken up the chairmanship of the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions committee on counterterrorism this week, according to its envoy to the UN.
The Southeast Asian nation begins its two-year term on the UNSC this year alongside Germany, Belgium, the Dominican Republic and South Africa.
The committee oversees the implementation of sanctions pursuant to UNSC resolutions 1267, 1989 and 2253 and is one of the most important and active UN subsidiary bodies working on efforts to combat terrorism, particularly in relation to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group.
It discusses UN efforts to limit the movement of terrorists, especially those related to travel bans, the freezing of assets and arms embargoes for terrorism, according to a statement received on Wednesday.
“Indonesia will improve awareness-raising programs, assist in the implementation of sanctions and bridge interactions and communication among committee members as well as [with] non-committee members,” said Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia’s representative to the UN.
In addition to the counterterrorism sanctions committee, Indonesia was also appointed to chair the UNSCR 1540 sanctions committee on weapons of mass destruction and the UNSCR 1988 committee on terrorism and the threat to Afghanistan.
Jakarta has vast experience in combating homegrown terrorism and was most recently involved in conflict resolution in Afghanistan.