[House Document 109-37]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]



                                     

109th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 109-37


 
  CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE WESTERN 
                                BALKANS

                               __________

                                MESSAGE

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              TRANSMITTING

   NOTIFICATION THAT THE WESTERN BALKANS EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN 
       EFFECT BEYOND JUNE 26, 2005, PURSUANT TO 50 U.S.C. 1622(d)




    June 24, 2005.--Message and accompanying papers referred to the 
     Committee on International Relations and ordered to be printed
To the Congress of the United States:
    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 
1622 (d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national 
emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its 
declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register 
and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the 
emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. 
In accordance with this provision, I have sent the enclosed 
notice to the Federal Register for publication, stating that 
the Western Balkans emergency is to continue in effect beyond 
June 26, 2005. The most recent notice continuing this emergency 
was published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2004, 69 FR 
36005.
    The crisis constituted by the actions of persons engaged 
in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist 
violence in the 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, that led 
to the declaration of a national emergency on June 26, 2001, 
has not been resolved. Subsequent to the declaration of the 
national emergency, I amended Executive Order 13219 in 
Executive Order 13304 of May 29, 2003, to address acts 
obstructing implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement of 
2001 in the Republic of Macedonia, which have also become a 
concern. The acts of extremist violence and obstructionist 
activity outlined in Executive Order 13219, as amended, are 
hostile to U.S. interests and pose a continuing unusual and 
extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign 
policy of the United States. For these reasons, I have 
determined that it is necessary to continue the national 
emergency declared with respect to the Western Balkans and 
maintain in force the comprehensive sanctions to respond to 
this threat.

                                                    George W. Bush.
    The White House, June 23, 2005.
                                 Notice

  Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to the Western 
                                Balkans

    On June 26, 2001, by Executive Order 13219, I declared a 
national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans pursuant 
to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 
1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to 
the national security and foreign policy of the United States 
constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, 
sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the 
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. Subsequent to the declaration 
of the national emergency, the actions of persons obstructing 
implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement of 2001 in 
Macedonia also became a pressing concern. I amended Executive 
Order 13219 on May 28, 2003, in Executive Order 13304 to 
address this concern and to take additional steps with respect 
to the national emergency. Because the actions of persons 
threatening the peace and international stabilization efforts 
in the Western Balkans continue to pose an unusual and 
extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign 
policy of the United States, the national emergency declared on 
June 26, 2001, and the measures adopted on that date and 
thereafter to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect 
beyond June 26, 2005. 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 
the Western Balkans.
    This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and 
transmitted to the Congress.
                                                    George W. Bush.
    The White House, June 23, 2005.