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USIS Washington File

13 November 1999

Text: State Dept. Issues Worldwide Caution on Taliban Sanctions

(UN sanctions against the Taliban go into effect November 14) (420)
The U.S. State Department late on the evening of November 12 issued a
worldwide caution to U.S. citizens traveling abroad that United
Nations sanctions against the Taliban Faction in Afghanistan will go
into effect on November 14.
UN Security Council Resolution 1267, passed by the UNSC unanimously on
October 15, requires the Taliban to turn over terrorist Usama Bin
Laden to a country where he has been indicted or to other appropriate
authorities so that he can be effectively brought to justice.
The Department of State "urges Americans traveling abroad," the
caution said, "to be alert to any action that may be taken by
supporters of the Taliban or Bin Laden as the United Nations sanctions
take effect."
Following is the State Department text:
(begin text)
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
WORLDWIDE CAUTION
Taliban Sanctions
November 12, 1999
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling abroad that
United Nations sanctions against the Taliban Faction in Afghanistan
will go into effect on November 14, 1999. UN Security Council
Resolution 1267, passed unanimously October 15, requires the Taliban
to turn over terrorist Usama Bin Laden to a country where he has been
indicted or to other appropriate authorities so that he can be
effectively brought to justice.
Bin Laden has continuously made threats against Americans, not
distinguishing between official or civilian targets. In a letter
released on November 9, Taliban leader Mullah Omar warned of
unspecified retribution against U.S. citizens because of sanctions
against Afghanistan. On November 10, a large mob, protesting the
United Nations resolution, attacked the UN building in Kandahar,
Afghanistan. We do not know at this time if rockets launched in
Islamabad on November 12 at UN and U.S. Embassy offices are connected
with the upcoming sanctions.
The Department of State urges Americans traveling abroad to be alert
to any action that may be taken by supporters of the Taliban or Bin
Laden as the United Nations sanctions take effect.
This Public Announcement supplements the Public Announcement Worldwide
Caution of November 5, 1999 and the Worldwide Caution - Khobar Towers
of October 5, 1999. Travelers may also refer to the Public
Announcements on Afghanistan and Pakistan issued on November 12, 1999.
This Public Announcement expires on February 12, 2000.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State.)



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