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108th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 108-27 PERODIC REPORT ON THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE WESTERN BALKANS __________ MESSAGE from THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES Transmitting A SIX MONTH PERIODIC REPORT ON THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE WESTERN BALKANS THAT WAS DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13219 OF JUNE 26, 2001, PURSUANT TO 50 U.S.C. 1641(c) AND 50 U.S.C. 1703(c) <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> February 4, 2003.--Message and accompanying papers referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered to be printed To the Congress of the United States: As required by section 401(c) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1641(c), and section 204(c) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1703(c), I transmit herewith a 6-month report prepared by my Administration on the national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans that was declared in Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001. George W. Bush. The White House, January 29, 2003. Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to the Western Balkans This report to the Congress addresses developments over the course of the past 6 months concerning the national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans that was declared in Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001, in response to the threats to peace and international stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans resulting from the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting, (i) extremist violence in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implementation of the Dayton Accords in Bosnia or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999, in Kosovo. This report is submitted pursuant to section 204(c) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1703(c), and section 401(c) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1641(c). 1. On May 30, 2002, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (``OFAC'') issued the Western Balkans Transactions Regulations (the ``Regulations''), 31 C.F.R. Part 588 (67 Fed. Reg. 37671, May 30, 2002), as an interim final rule to implement Executive Order 13219. No public comments were received by the closing date of July 29, 2002. 2. In the 6-month period since June 27, 2002, OFAC designated three individuals meeting the criteria for blocking under Executive Order 13219. During this period, OFAC has issued no specific licenses authorizing transactions otherwise prohibited by the Regulations, and has neither assessed nor collected any civil monetary penalty for a violation of the Regulations. OFAC continues to administer the Western Balkans sanctions and to disseminate details of this program to the financial, securities, and international trade communities by both electronic and conventional media. 3. The expenses incurred by the Federal Government in the 6-month period from June 27 to December 26, 2002, that are directly attributable to the exercise of powers and authorities conferred by the declaration of a national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans, are estimated at approximately $90,000, most of which represent wage and salary costs for Federal personnel. Personnel costs were largely centered in the Department of the Treasury (particularly in the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Office of the Under Secretary for Enforcement, and the Office of the General Counsel) and the Department of the State. 4. The situation in the Western Balkans continues to present an extraordinary and unusual threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I shall continue to exercise the powers at my disposal to deal with this unusual and extraordinary threat and will report periodically to the Congress on significant developments as required by law. <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT>
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