On Wednesday of this week, the United States joined with Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and other Southeast Asian and European allies in notifying the United Nations that Jemaah Islamiya (JI) should be added to the consolidated list of terrorist-related entities and individuals, pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1390. The UN listing requires all Member States to block the assets of this organisation.
According to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, it also sends a signal to JI and other like-minded terrorists and supporters that the international community will not tolerate the support of terrorist groups in Southeast Asia and other regions of the world. He said, *”There will be no safe haven anywhere in the world for money that kills.”*
The Secretary further pointed out the joint action is a clear indication of the regional and worldwide commitment to disrupt terrorism by attacking the financial underpinnings of groups like JI. As the United States and its partners around the world isolate JI from its funding sources, he said, the intent is to deprive them of the resources needed to carry out their acts of terror. *”We will be relentless in the pursuit to bankrupt terrorist groups that threaten our safety and the well being of our allies abroad,”* he concluded.
**Other Economic Sanctions**
Today in Washington, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the names of the leaders of the North Valle drug cartel in Colombia to its list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs).
This action is part of the ongoing interagency effort of the Treasury, Justice and State Departments to carry out Executive Order 12978, signed on October 21, 1995, which applies economic sanctions against the Colombian drug cartels. With the addition of the names released today, the assets of a total of 613 businesses and individuals are blocked under the 1995 Executive Order; and those businesses and individuals are prohibited from American financial and business dealings.
The list of all businesses and individuals named by OFAC as SDNTs is available on the web site of the U.S. Treasury Department.