[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1995, Book II)]
[December 27, 1995]
[Pages 1928-1929]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Message to the Congress on Suspension of Sanctions Against the Federal 
Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)
December 27, 1995

To the Congress of the United States:
    Section 1511 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 1994 (hereinafter the ``Act''), requires that the sanctions imposed 
on Serbia and Montenegro, as described in that section, shall remain in 
effect until changed by law. Section 1511(e) of the Act authorizes the 
President to waive or modify the application of such sanctions upon 
certification to the Congress that the President has determined that the 
waiver or modification is necessary to achieve a negotiated settlement 
of the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina that is acceptable to the parties.
    In accordance with this provision, I have issued the attached 
Presidential Determination stating that the suspension of the sanctions 
described in section 1511(a) (1-5) and (7-8) and in conformity with the 
provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1021 and 1022 
is necessary to achieve a negotiated settle-

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ment of the conflict. As described in the attached Memorandum of 
Justification, this sanctions relief was an essential factor motivating 
Serbia and Montenegro's acceptance of the General Framework Agreement 
for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina initialed in Dayton, Ohio, on 
November 21, 1995 (hereinafter the ``Peace Agreement'').
    I have directed the Secretaries of the Treasury and Transportation 
to suspend immediately the application of these sanctions on Serbia and 
Montenegro and have authorized the Secretary of State to suspend the 
arms embargo at appropriate stages consistent with United Nations 
Security Council Resolution 1021. The first stage would be 91 days after 
the United Nations Secretary General reports to the United Nations 
Security Council that all parties have formally signed the Peace 
    The measures taken to suspend these sanctions may be revoked if the 
Implementation Force (IFOR) commander or High Representative determines 
that Serbia and Montenegro or the Bosnian Serbs are not meeting their 
obligations under the Peace Agreement.

                                                      William J. Clinton

The White House,

December 27, 1995.

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
December 28. The Presidential determination of December 27 is listed in 
Appendix D at the end of this volume.