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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken questions of September 10, 1993

1.  SOUTH AFRICA:
Q:  What are the remaining federal sanctions against South
Africa?

A:  MOST FEDERAL SANCTIONS AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA WERE LIFTED IN JULY 
1991.  REMAINING FEDERAL SANCTIONS PROHIBIT THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF 
ARMS TO SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EXPORT OF ANY COMMODITY TO THE SOUTH 
AFRICAN MILITARY AND POLICE.  IN ADDITION, THE GRAMM AMENDMENT (TO THE 
BRETTON WOODS AGREEMENT) RESTRICTS U.S. SUPPORT OF IMF LENDING TO SOUTH 
AFRICA.

Q:  How does the agreement on establishment of a Transitional Executive 
Council affect these federal sanctions?

A:  ONCE THE TRANSITIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IS ESTABLISHED, WE WILL TAKE 
STEPS TO REMOVE SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE GRAMM AMENDMENT.  
THE OTHER REMAINING SANCTIONS, ON ARMS TRADE AND TRADE WITH THE MILITARY 
AND POLICE, ARE BASED ON UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS.  THEY WILL REMAIN 
IN FORCE UNTIL THE UN TAKES ACTION TO RESCIND THE RESOLUTIONS.


2.  Middle East PEACE PROCESS
Q:  What can you tell us about the U.S. delivery of the invitation to 
the PLO in Tunis?

A:  OUR EMBASSY WAS INSTRUCTED TO DELIVER THE INVITATION TO THE PLO IN 
TUNIS.  THIS WAS DONE AT APPROXIMATELY 11:00 AM OUR TIME, AFTER THE 
PRESIDENTŐS ANNOUNCEMENT.


3.  DEPARTMENT:  FORMER POLITICAL APPOINTEE FILES
Q.  Has an interim response been sent to Senator Dole in reply to his 
request for information on the files retrieval and search?

A.  The Department is preparing a response to Senator Dole's letter 
regarding news reports on retrieval of files on former Department of 
State political appointees.
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