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Message to the Congress on Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Burma

May 17, 2004

To the Congress of the United States:

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. I have sent the enclosed notice, stating that the Burma emergency is to continue beyond May 20, 2004, to the Federal Register for publication. The most recent notice continuing this emergency was published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2003.

The crisis between the United States and Burma, constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Burma, including its policies of committing large-scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma that led to the declaration of a national emergency on May 20, 1997, has not been resolved. These actions and policies are hostile to U.S. interests and pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to Burma and maintain in force the sanctions against Burma to respond to this threat.


The White House, May 17, 2004.

NOTE: The notice is listed in Appendix D at the end of this volume.

George W. Bush, Message to the Congress on Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Burma Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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