UNITED NATIONS Afghanistans President Hamid Karzai plans to ask the United Nations to remove the names of up to 50 former Taliban officers from a terrorism blacklist, an Afghan official said. The official said that the planned request was a gesture meant to advance the political reconciliation talks with the militants, The Washington Post reported Monday. The Afghan government has tried for years to have the United Nations remove former Taliban figures, who are believed to have severed ties with the movement, from the list that imposes a travel ban and other restrictions on 137 individuals tied to the Taliban, officials said. The outreach to the United Nations has been met with the resistance from UN officials, who want more proof that the individuals in question renounced violence, embraced the new Afghan constitution and cut links with the the Taliban and al-Qaida, diplomatic sources said. Thomas Mayr-Harting, an Austrian diplomat responsible for overseeing the terrorism list, said his committee wont approve the delisting solely to boost the peace process in Afghanistan. Plus, he said, Afghanistan had not made a detailed case for the delisting. While awaiting Afghanistans request to delist the former Taliban officials, the UN Security Council proceeded with its review of about a dozen people whose names were submitted for the removal several years ago, the Post said. Among them is a former Taliban education minister, Mullah Arsala Rahmani, a member of the Afghan Senate.