Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma
May 16, 2003
On May 20, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13047, certifying to
the Congress under section 570(b) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing,
and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1997 (Public Law 104-208), that the
Government of Burma has committed large-scale repression of the democratic
opposition in Burma after September 30, 1996, thereby invoking the prohibition
on new investment in Burma by United States persons contained in that section.
The President also declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed
to the national security and foreign policy of the United States by the actions
and policies of the Government of Burma, invoking the authority, inter alia,
of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.
Because actions and policies of the Government of Burma continue to pose
an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign
policy of the United States, the national emergency declared on May 20, 1997,
and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency must continue
in effect beyond May 20, 2003. 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 Burma. This notice shall be
published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.