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02 July 2002

U.S. Amends Commercial Defense Trade Policy Towards Afghanistan

(Afghanistan removed from proscribed list of traffic in arms
regulations) (240)
Following is the text of a press release issued July 2 by the
Department of State:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman 
For Immediate Release 
July 2, 2002 
2002/581
STATEMENT BY RICHARD BOUCHER, SPOKESMAN
DEPARTMENT OF STATE REMOVES AFGHANISTAN FROM THE INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC
IN ARMS REGULATIONS PROSCRIBED LIST
The Department of State has ended its policy of denial with respect to
commercial defense trade with the Government of Afghanistan (the
Transitional Administration) by modifying the application of the
International Traffic in Arms Regulations proscribed list (22 C.F.R.
section 126.1(a)) with respect to Afghanistan, effective July 2, 2002.
The Department of State is amending the International Traffic in Arms
Regulations to modify the policy of denial regarding Afghanistan. It
is the policy of the United States to deny licenses, other approvals,
exports and imports of defense articles, and defense services destined
for or originating in Afghanistan except for the Government of
Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
All requests for licenses or other approvals for these entities in
Afghanistan involving items covered by the U.S. Munitions List will no
longer be presumed to be disapproved. Any application for such a
transaction will, of course, be analyzed carefully on a case-by-case
basis by the relevant U.S. Government agencies to ensure that they
conform to U.S. law and policy objectives.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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