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14 March 2003

Text: President Bush Waives Coup-Related Sanctions on Pakistan

(Presidential Determination Issued by White House March 14) (260)
On March 14, the White House issued a Presidential Determination
waiving coup-related sanctions on Pakistan. Public Law 107-57 gives
the President two-year waiver authority to lift sanctions on foreign
assistance imposed upon Pakistan following the 1999 military coup if
he determines that such a waiver would facilitate the transition to
democratic rule in Pakistan and is important to U.S. efforts to combat
international terrorism.
Following is the text of the White House announcement of March 14,
(begin text)
Office of the Press Secretary
March 14, 2003
March 14, 2003
Presidential Determination No. 2003-16
SUBJECT:  Waiver of Coup-Related Sanctions for Pakistan
Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of
the United States, including section 1(b)(1) of the Pakistan Waiver
Act, Public Law 107-57, I hereby determine and certify that a waiver
of section 508 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and
Related Programs Appropriations, Division E of the Consolidated
Appropriations Resolution, 2003, Public Law 108-7
-- would facilitate the transition to democratic rule in Pakistan; and
-- is important to United States efforts to respond to, deter, or
prevent acts of international terrorism.
I hereby waive, with respect to Pakistan, section 508 of Division E of
Public Law 108-7.
You are authorized and directed to transmit this determination to the
Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register.
(end text)
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