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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 14:55 GMT
New UN sanctions against Taliban assets

The United Nations has listed those senior officials in Afghanistan whose overseas financial assets are to be frozen in the latest programme of sanctions against the ruling Taliban.

The list includes ministers, governors and diplomats, but the BBC Kabul correspondent says several of them have been given a wrong job title, one is dead, and another imprisoned.

She says that curiously for a primarily military organisation, no Taliban commanders are mentioned unless they also have other official posts.

The sanctions, including an arms embargo, were imposed in a bid to force the Taleban to hand over a Saudi dissident, Osama bin Laden, who is wanted in connection with the bombing of two United States embassies in Africa in l998.

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