Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Libya
January 2, 2003
On January 7, 1986, by Executive Order 12543, President Reagan declared a national
emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national
security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions
and policies of the Government of Libya. On January 8, 1986, by Executive Order
12544, the President took additional measures to block Libyan assets in the
United States. The President has transmitted a notice continuing this emergency
to the Congress and the Federal Register every year since 1986.
The crisis between the United States and Libya that led to the declaration of
a national emergency on January 7, 1986, has not been resolved. Despite the
United Nations Security Council's suspension of U.N. sanctions against Libya
upon the Libyan government's hand-over of the Pan Am 103 bombing suspects, Libya
has not yet complied with its obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolutions
731 (1992), 748 (1992), and 883 (1993), which include Libya's obligation to
accept responsibility for the actions of its officials and pay compensation.
Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act
(50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with
respect to Libya. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and
transmitted to the Congress.