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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2013
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
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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