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02 December 2002

Bush Administration Issues Memorandum on Status of PLO Office in U.S.

(Memorandum says sanction to downgrade PLO office waived.) (460)
The Bush administration has simultaneously imposed and waived a
congressionally mandated sanction to "downgrade" the status of the
Palestine Liberation Organization office in the United States.
A White House memorandum for the secretary of state said the decision
to downgrade the status of the PLO office was made because of
noncompliance by the PLO and the Palestinian Authority with certain
commitments. However, the memorandum said the sanction would be waived
by the president based on the national security interest of the United
States.
At the time of the signing of the Oslo accords on Middle East peace in
1993, the United States established a formal relationship with the PLO
that addressed the issue of the status to the PLO office in the United
States.
At the same time, the PLO made the following commitments:
-- Recognition of the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace
and security.
-- Acceptance of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
-- Resolution of all outstanding issues in the conflict between the
two sides through negotiations and exclusively peaceful means.
-- Renunciation of the use of terrorism and all other acts of violence
and responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to
assure their compliance, prevent violations, and discipline violators.
Following is the text of the memorandum:
(begin text)
Office of the Press Secretary
December 2, 2002
November 29, 2002
Presidential Determination
No. 2003-04
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT:  Imposition and Waiver of Sanctions Under
          Section 604 of the Foreign Relations
          Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003
Pursuant to the authority contained in section 604 of the Foreign
Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (the "Act") (Public Law
107-228), and pursuant to section 603 of that Act, regarding
noncompliance by the PLO and the Palestinian Authority with certain
commitments, I hereby impose the sanction set out in section
604(a)(2), "Downgrade in Status of the PLO Office in the United
States." This sanction is imposed for a period of 180 days from the
date hereof or until such time as the next report required by section
603 of the Act is transmitted to the Congress, whichever is later. You
are authorized and directed to transmit to the appropriate
congressional committees the initial report described in section 603
of the Act.
Furthermore, I hereby determine that it is in the national security
interest of the United States to waive that sanction, pursuant to
section 604 of the Act. This waiver shall be effective for a period of
180 days from the date hereof or until such time as the next report
required by section 603 of the Act is transmitted to the Congress,
whichever is later.
You are hereby authorized and directed to transmit this determination
to the Congress and to publish it in the Federal Register.
GEORGE W. BUSH
(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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