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25 Nov 2014
There is no doubt that United Nations sanctions are effective, according to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
Jeffrey Feltman was briefing Security Council members on the evolution of UN sanctions, which are measures intended to apply pressure on a state without resorting to the use of force.
Mr Feltman said that although the sanctions system is not perfect, it does help states overcome instability, address massive human rights violations, curb illegal smuggling, and counter terrorism.
” Security Coucil sanctions, together with UN peacekeeping and political efforts have made a critical difference, in Afghanistan, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the former Yugoslavia, Haiti, Liberia, Libya and Sierra Leone amongst others. UN sanctions, in short, work.“ (0’20”)
Mr Feltman added that the Security Council has what he described as a “long history” of employing sanctions.
The first application dates back to 1966 when the Council imposed sanctions on Southern Rhodesia; since then 25 sanctions regimes have been implemented, the most recent in Yemen this year.
Fifteen sanctions regimes are currently in place, the highest number in the history of the Organization.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.