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UN rejects quartet terror list

People queue for flight details during a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar applied by the GCC countries, at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar on 12 June 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]
People queue for flight details during a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar applied by the GCC countries, at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar on 12 June 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]

The UN reiterated yesterday that it has rejected a terror list issued by the Arab Quartet which includes 59 figures and 12 entities allegedly linked to Qatar. All members of the quartet – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain – announced in early June that they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar.

In New York spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, told journalists: “The UN is bound only by the sanctions lists put together by UN organs such as the Security Council. We’re not bound by any other lists.”

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Responding to press questions on whether the UN Secretariat had received official contact from any of the quartet countries Dujarric said he was not aware of any such contact.

He also noted that the UN’s position towards the NGO Qatar Charity, which has worked in the past with UN organisations such as UNICEF and UNRWA and aims to fight global poverty, would not change.

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