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Homeland Security

19 February 2003

Text: U.S. Designates Gulbuddin Hekmatyar a Terrorist

(Hekmatyar supported terrorist acts by Bin Laden, Taliban) (230)
The U.S. government has designated Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the head of
the Hezeb-e Islami Afghanistan party, a terrorist, according to a
statement from State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
The statement said Hekmatyar supported terrorist acts carried out by
al-Qaida and the Taliban. The United States will seek to have
Hekmatyar's name included in the U.N. sanctions list of people and
entities associated with Usama bin Laden, al-Qaida and the Taliban,
the statement said.
Following is the text of the Boucher statement:
(begin text)
Office of the Spokesman
February 19, 2003
Designation of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar as a Terrorist
The U.S. Government has information indicating that Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar has participated in and supported terrorist acts committed
by al-Qa'ida and the Taliban. Because of his terrorist activity, the
United States is designating Hekmatyar as a Specially Designated
Global Terrorist under the authority of Executive Order 13224. At the
same time, the United States will request that the UN 1267 Sanctions
Committee include Hekmatyar on its consolidated list of entities and
individuals associated with Usama bin Laden, al-Qa'ida, and the
Taliban, which would obligate all Member States to impose sanctions,
including assets freezes, under UN Security Council Resolutions 1267,
1390, and 1455.
(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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