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Abu Sayyaf

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to her EU counterparts about the decision of the EU to classify the Abu Sayyaf group as a terrorist organisation. (110828)

Abu Sayyaf was listed as an entity belonging to or associated with al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden or the Taliban by the Committee of the UN Security Council charged with the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1267 on 6 October 2001. UN member states are obliged to implement a world-wide asset freeze against all groups designated as terrorist organisations by the UN Security Council. Once a terrorist entity is added to the 1267 list we do not make specific representations to EU partners regarding their listing in the EU, as these groups are automatically added to the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. This process was followed in the case of Abu Sayyaf.