STATE: U.S. SANCTIONS EASED FOR SYRIAN OPPOSITION

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 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 
Office of the Spokesperson 
For Immediate Release                                                            
June 12, 2013 
2013/0719 
MEDIA NOTE 
Sanctions Eased for Syrian Opposition 
Through the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury, the Administration is 
taking several significant steps to ease U.S. economic sanctions, enable 
additional relief and reconstruction activities in opposition-controlled areas 
of Syria, and support the Syrian opposition and the people of Syria. 
Export Waiver for U.S.-Origin Goods Benefitting the Syrian People 
Secretary of State John F. Kerry signed a limited waiver of the Syria 
Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (SAA), 
consistent with Section 5(b) of the Act.  The waiver authorizes the export and 
re-export, subject to case-by-case review, of certain U.S.-origin items to 
liberated areas of Syria for the benefit of the Syrian people.  The waiver will 
authorize the Department of Commerce to process license applications for export 
and re-exports of commodities, software, and technology, including but not 
limited to those related to water supply and sanitation; agricultural 
production and food processing; power generation; oil and gas production; 
construction and engineering; transportation; and educational infrastructure.  
These items are intended to help address the critical needs of the Syrian 
people and facilitate reconstruction in liberated areas.  Of note, the export 
of food and medicine does not currently require a license and medical devices 
are covered under an existing waiver. 
Today, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security will post 
notice on its website that it will immediately accept license applications for 
the export and re-export of items covered by the new waiver. 
Statement of Licensing Policy on Economic Activities Benefitting the Syrian 
People 
The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in 
consultation with the State Department, today issued a Statement of Licensing 
Policy (SLP) inviting U.S. persons to apply to OFAC for specific licenses that 
would enable them to participate in certain economic activities in Syria.  The 
SLP specifically focuses on applications by U.S. persons seeking to engage in 
oil-related transactions that benefit the National Coalition of Syrian 
Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, or its supporters, and transactions 
involving Syria's agricultural and telecommunications sectors.  U.S. persons 
wishing to engage in other economic activities in Syria, particularly in 
liberated areas, that are within the scope of the SLP are also invited to apply 
to OFAC for a specific license.  All license applications will be subject to 
review by OFAC and other U.S. agencies to ensure that proposed activities are 
consistent with U.S. foreign policy goals.  Specific licenses will not 
authorize transactions involving specially designated nationals (SDNs). 
Protecting Syria's Cultural Heritage 
OFAC is also amending Syria general license 11 to authorize the exportation of 
services and funds transfers in support of not-for-profit activities to 
preserve Syria's cultural heritage sites.  Our priority in Syria is to help the 
people, ensuring that food and medical supplies can reach Syrians afflicted by 
the ongoing conflict.  We also recognize that rebuilding Syria's future 
requires helping preserve the country's cultural heritage and we want to ensure 
that sanctions do not impede that important effort. 
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