Notice: Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Sierra Leone and Liberia
From: The White House, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
© Office of the Press Secretary
The White House (For Immediate Release) -
On January 16, 2001, by Executive Order 13194, the President declared a
national emergency with respect to Sierra Leone pursuant to the
International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal
with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the
United States constituted by the actions and policies of the insurgent
Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone and pursuant to which the
United States imposed a general ban on the direct and indirect importation
of all rough diamonds from Sierra Leone into the United States, except
those imports controlled through the Certificate of Origin regime of the
Government of Sierra Leone. On May 22, 2001, I issued Executive Order
13213, which expanded the scope of the national emergency to include
actions of the Government of Liberia in support of the RUF and prohibited
the importation of all rough diamonds from Liberia.
Because the actions and policies of the RUF continue to pose an unusual and
extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States, the
national emergency declared on January 18, 2001, as expanded on May 22,
2001, and the measures adopted on those dates to deal with that emergency
must continue in effect beyond January 18, 2003. Therefore, in accordance
with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I
am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to Sierra
Leone and Liberia.
This Notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 16, 2003.
THE WHITE HOUSE, January 16, 2003