Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on today's Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Sanctions Designations

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
January 19, 2010


Today, the United Nations Security Council al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee (1267 Committee) announced three new al-Qaeda designations linked to Yemen, which include the group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and two of its leaders, Nasir al-Wahishi and Said al-Shihri.  AQAP and these two leaders will be subject to an internationally-binding freeze of their assets and a ban on transfers of arms; al-Wahishi and al-Shihri will also be subject to a global travel ban. The U.S. Department of Treasury has also announced domestic U.S. designation of AQAP, al-Wahishi and al-Shihri.

Today’s actions strengthen international efforts to degrade the capabilities of AQAP.

AQAP is a Yemen-based terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist acts targeting Saudi Arabia, Korea, Yemen, and the United States since its inception in January 2009. Two weeks ago, President Obama confirmed that the individual responsible for the attempted attack on December 25, 2009 on Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan had ties to AQAP.

Last month the Security Council reaffirmed the global consensus against al-Qaeda through its adoption of resolution 1904, which strengthened and improved the 1267 sanctions regime. In line with this new resolution, the United States supports the Council’s ongoing work to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda's networks and eliminate its ability to carry out violent attacks.


PRN: 2010/011