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11 September 2002

U.N. Asked to Designate Turkistan Group as Financier of Terrorism

(East Turkistan Islamic Movement responsible for terrorist acts in
China) (290)
The United States, along with China, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, has
asked a United Nations sanctions committee to designate the Eastern
Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a financier of terrorism under
U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1390, the State Department
announced September 11.
The UN designation would require member states to freeze ETIM assets
and prohibit their nationals or persons in their territories from
making available any funds or other resources to ETIM, which is
believed responsible for committing numerous acts of terrorism in
China, according to the following statement:
(begin text)
U.S. Department of State 
Office of the Spokesman
September 11, 2002 
Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
DESIGNATION OF THE EASTERN TURKISTAN ISLAMIC MOVEMENT UNDER UNSC
RESOLUTIONS 1267 AND 1390
Today the United States, along with China, Afghanistan, and
Kyrgyzstan, asked the relevant United Nations sanctions committee to
designate the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) under U.N.
Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1390, which would require member
states to freeze assets of this group without delay and prohibit their
nationals or persons in their territories from making available any
funds or other resources to this group.
Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement is a violent group believed
responsible for committing numerous acts of terrorism in China,
including bombings of buses, movie theaters, department stores,
markets, and hotels; assassination; and arson.
The United States had earlier designated the ETIM under Executive
Order 13224; the group's name was added to the Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC) website on September 3.
The fact that this request was made jointly shows that other countries
in the region share our concern about the terrorist threat posed by
this group. We hope the relevant United Nations sanctions committee
will respond positively to the request so that member states will be
required to prohibit funding for this group.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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