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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 3, 2001


Two Groups Added under Executive Order on Extremism in the Western Balkans

The United States has designated the so-called Albanian National Army (ANA) and the so-called National Committee for the Liberation and Defense of Albanian Lands (KKCMTSH) under Executive Order 13219 issued June 27, 2001. The designation of these groups, whose violent tactics aim to undermine democracy and threaten ongoing efforts to secure peace and stability in Macedonia, Kosovo, southern Serbia and the region, will allow the U.S. Treasury to block the assets in the U.S. of these groups and to prohibit financial transactions with them by U.S. persons. In addition to the financial restrictions imposed by Executive Order 13219, a Presidential Proclamation issued June 27, 2001, suspended entry into the United States of persons responsible for actions that threaten international stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans region.

This U.S. action supports the efforts of the leadership and citizens of Macedonia to implement the Framework Agreement of August 13, 2001, and to strengthen inclusive, multiethnic, democratic structures. The United States reaffirms its condemnation of any groups engaged in extremist violence, inciting ethnic conflict, or other obstructionist acts to promote irredentist or criminal agendas that threaten the peace, stability, and security of Macedonia and the region.

 

 


Released on December 4, 2001

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