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Thursday, 25 March 2004
Page: 27368


Mr Danby asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 10 February 2004:

(1) In respect of Australia's obligation to report to the United Nations (UN) about its actions to freeze the assets of, and ban from international travel, people and organisations involved with terrorism, has Australia submitted these reports.

(2) Is he able to provide a list of countries which (a) have and (b) have not submitted these reports.

(3) Is he able to provide (a) details or (b) copies of any reports to the UN by (i) Indonesia and (ii) Saudi Arabia.

(4) Has the Government made representations to those countries which have not submitted reports to the UN; if not, why not.


Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) This information is available at the homepage of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), at http://www.un.org/Docs/sc/committees/1373/

(3) These reports are available at the homepage of the CTC, at http://www.un.org/Docs/sc/committees/1373/

(4) The Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN has made representations to encourage states to submit outstanding reports to the CTC. The Mission made a general call for Member States to submit their reports to the CTC in a statement to the Security Council on the subject of counter-terrorism on 12 April 2002. The Ambassador has also encouraged Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum to submit reports to the CTC, both bilaterally and during the regular monthly meetings of the Pacific Islands Forum group in New York.