Message from the President to Congress: Emergency with Respect to Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia (10/19/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                            October 19, 2000


     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.  In
accordance with this provision, I have sent the enclosed notice to the
Federal Register for publication, stating that the emergency declared with
respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia is to
continue in effect for 1 year beyond October 21, 2000.

     The circumstances that led to the declaration on October 21, 1995, of
a national emergency have not been resolved.  The actions of significant
narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia continue to pose an unusual and
extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy
of the United States and to cause unparalleled violence, corruption, and
harm in the United States and abroad.  For these reasons, I have determined
that it is necessary to maintain economic pressures on signi-ficant
narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia by blocking their property
subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and by depriving them of
access to the United States market and financial system.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    October 19, 2000.

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