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United Nations (UN) sanctions belong to the area of maintaining international peace and security. Therefore, they are dealt with in Chapter VII of the UN Charter. If the Security Council decides on sanctions, they are binding on all member states according to Articles 25 and 48. Sanctions are not punishments; they are international measures designed to bend wills. During the first 45 years of the existence of the UN the sanctions instrument was hardly utilized. The prevailing tendency in recent years in applying sanctions tends to use the instrument of sanction, as far as possible, as a scalpel instead of a cudgel. In other words, one talks about targeting or smart sanctions.

Keywords: Security Council; UN Charter; UN sanctions

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