[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book II)] [July 9, 1998] [Page 1210] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Letter to Congressional Leaders on the Emigration Policies and Trade Status of Certain Former Eastern Bloc States July 9, 1998 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) On September 21, 1994, I determined and reported to the Congress that the Russian Federation was in ``full compliance'' with the freedom of emigration criteria of sections 402 and 409 of the Trade Act of 1974. On June 3, 1997, I determined and reported to the Congress that Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine were in ``full compliance'' with these same criteria, and I made an identical determination on December 5, 1997, with respect to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. These actions allowed for the continuation of most-favored-nation (MFN) status for these countries and certain other activities without the requirement of an annual waiver. As required by law, I am submitting an updated report to the Congress concerning the emigration laws and policies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The report indicates continued compliance of these countries with international standards concerning freedom of emigration. Sincerely, William J. Clinton Note: Identical letters were sent to Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Albert Gore, Jr., President of the Senate.