[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1994, Book I)]
[January 8, 1994]
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[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

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Memorandum on Assistance to the States of the Former Soviet Union
January 8, 1994

Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense

Subject: Transfer of Funds for Assistance for the New Independent States 
(NIS) of the Former Soviet Union

    Pursuant to the Supplemental Appropriations for the NIS of the 
Former Soviet Union Act, 1993 (Title VI of Public Law 103-87) (the 
``Act''), I hereby determine that programs described in Section 560 of 
the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs 
Appropriations Act, 1994 (Titles I-V of Public Law 103-87) and programs 
described in Section 498 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as 
amended (Public Law 87-195), will increase the national security of the 
United States.
    The political and economic transformation of the NIS of the former 
Soviet Union into peaceful market-oriented democracies will directly 
reduce the security threat to the United States and lead to substantial 
savings in the cost of the defense of the United States. The above-
mentioned programs facilitate this transformation, thereby making a 
critical contribution to increasing the national security of the United 
    Accordingly, unless I instruct otherwise in the interim, on the 
thirtieth day following submission to the appropriate Committees of the 
Congress of the memorandum regarding notification under 10 U.S.C. 2215 
for the NIS of the former Soviet Union, you are authorized and directed 
to exercise your authority under the first two provisos under the 
heading ``Operation and Maintenance, Defense Agencies'' in the Act to 
transfer funds in the amounts and to the accounts detailed in the 
attachment to this memorandum. Any funds transferred to the Agency for 
International Development may thereafter, at the direction of the 
Secretary of State or the Coordinator designated under Section 102 of 
the FREEDOM Support Act (Public Law 102-511), be allocated or 
transferred pursuant to the authority of Section 632 of the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. In the event of such transfer, the 
implementing agency shall be the agency responsible and accountable for 
the management, audit and use of such funds.

                                                      William J. Clinton

Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary 
on January 10. The related memorandum of January 8 on notification is 
listed in Appendix D at the end of this volume.