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Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations

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AGENCY:

Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule; amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”) is revising the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, and the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations to authorize in-kind donations of medical devices and Start Printed Page 58743medical services by U.S. nongovernmental organizations to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health.

DATES:

Effective Date: July 6, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Assistant Director of Compliance, Outreach & Implementation, tel.: 202/622-2490, Assistant Director of Licensing, tel.: 202/622-2480, Assistant Director of Policy, tel.: 202/622-4855, or Chief Counsel, tel.: 202/622-2410, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC 20220 (not toll free numbers).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic and Facsimile Availability

This document and additional information concerning the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) are available from OFAC's Web site (http://www.treas.gov/​ofac) or via facsimile through a 24-hour fax-on-demand service, tel.: (202) 622-0077.

Background

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) administers three sanctions programs with respect to terrorists and terrorist organizations. The Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 595 (“TSR”), implement Executive Order 12947 of January 23, 1995, in which the President declared a national emergency with respect to “grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists that disrupt the Middle East peace process * * *” The Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 594 (“GTSR”), implement Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, in which the President declared an emergency more generally with respect to “grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists * * *” The Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 597 (“FTOSR”), implement provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

HAMAS is a target of each of these sanctions programs, resulting in the blocking of any property and interests in property of HAMAS that are in the United States or hereafter come within the United States, or that are in or hereafter come within the possession or control of a United States person. These restrictions prohibit U.S. persons from dealing in property or interests in property of HAMAS. After the January 26, 2006 parliamentary elections in the West Bank and Gaza, HAMAS members formed the majority party within the Palestinian Legislative Council. In addition, HAMAS currently holds positions of authority within the government, including the position of Prime Minister. OFAC determined that, as a result of these elections, HAMAS has a property interest in the transactions of the Palestinian Authority. Accordingly, pursuant to the TSR, the GTSR, and the FTOSR, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with the Palestinian Authority unless authorized.

Consistent with current foreign policy, OFAC issued six general licenses on April 12, 2006, authorizing U.S. persons to engage in certain transactions in which the Palestinian Authority may have an interest. One of those general licenses authorized in-kind donations of medicine by U.S. nongovernmental organizations to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, provided that such donations were strictly for distribution in the West Bank or Gaza and not intended for resale. Based on foreign policy considerations, OFAC is expanding this license, effective July 6, 2006, to allow U.S. nongovernmental organizations to make in-kind donations to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health of medical services and medical devices, which include medical supplies, in addition to donations of medicine, provided that such donations are strictly for distribution in the West Bank or Gaza and not intended for resale.

Public Participation

Because the amendment of 31 CFR parts 594, 595, and 597 involves a foreign affairs function, the provisions of Executive Order 12866 and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) requiring notice of proposed rulemaking, opportunity for public participation, and delay in effective date, are inapplicable. Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The collections of information related to 31 CFR parts 594, 595, and 597 are contained in 31 CFR part 501 (the “Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations”). Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), those collections of information have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1505-0164. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid control number.

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List of Subjects

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Office of Foreign Assets Control amends

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PART 594—GLOBAL TERRORISM SANCTIONS REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 594 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 3 U.S.C. 301; 22 U.S.C. 287c; 31 U.S.C. 321(b); 50 U.S.C. 1601-1651, 1701-1706; Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); E.O. 13224, 66 FR 49079, September 25, 2001; E.O. 13268, 67 FR 44751, July 3, 2002; 3 CFR, 2002 Comp., p. 240; E.O. 13284, 64 FR 4075, January 28, 2003.

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Subpart E—Licenses, Authorizations, and Statements of Licensing Policy

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2. Revise § 594.515 to read as follows:

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In-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services.

(a) Effective July 6, 2006, nongovernmental organizations that are U.S. persons are authorized to provide in-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, provided that such donations are strictly for distribution in the West Bank or Gaza and not intended for resale, and provided further that no payment pursuant to this license may involve a debit to an account of the Palestinian Authority on the books of a U.S. financial institution or to any account blocked pursuant to this part.

(b) For the purposes of this section only, the term medical device has the meaning given the term “device” in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321), including medical supplies, but does not include any item listed on the Commerce Control List in the Export Start Printed Page 58744Administration Regulations, 15 CFR part 774, supplement no. 1.

Note to paragraph (b):

Nongovernmental organizations that are interested in providing items listed on the Commerce Control List to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health must apply for a specific license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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PART 595—TERRORISM SANCTIONS REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 595 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 3 U.S.C. 301; 31 U.S.C. 321(b); 50 U.S.C. 1601-1651, 1701-1706; Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); E.O. 12947, 60 FR 5079; 3 CFR, 1995 Comp., p. 319.

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Subpart E—Licenses, Authorizations, and Statements of Licensing Policy

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2. Revise § 595.513 to read as follows:

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In-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services.

(a) Effective July 6, 2006, nongovernmental organizations that are U.S. persons are authorized to provide in-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, provided that such donations are strictly for distribution in the West Bank or Gaza and not intended for resale, and provided further that no payment pursuant to this license may involve a debit to an account of the Palestinian Authority on the books of a U.S. financial institution or to any account blocked pursuant to this part.

(b) For the purposes of this section only, the term medical device has the meaning given the term “device” in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321), including medical supplies, but does not include any item listed on the Commerce Control List in the Export Administration Regulations, 15 CFR part 774, supplement no. 1.

Note to paragraph (b):

Nongovernmental organizations that are interested in providing items listed on the Commerce Control List to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health must apply for a specific license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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PART 597—FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS SANCTIONS REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 597 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 31 U.S.C. 321(b); Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); Pub. L. 104-132, 110 Stat. 1214, 1248-53 (8 U.S.C. 1189, 18 U.S.C. 2339B).

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Subpart E—Licenses, Authorizations, and Statements of Licensing Policy

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2. Revise § 597.511 to read as follows:

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In-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services.

(a) Effective July 6, 2006, U.S. financial institutions are authorized to conduct all transactions ordinarily incident to the provision by nongovernmental organizations that are U.S. persons of in-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, provided that such donations are strictly for distribution in the West Bank or Gaza and not intended for resale, and provided further that no payment pursuant to this license may involve a debit to an account of the Palestinian Authority on the books of a U.S. financial institution or to any account blocked pursuant to this part.

(b) For the purposes of this section only, the term medical device has the meaning given the term “device” in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321), including medical supplies, but does not include any item listed on the Commerce Control List in the Export Administration Regulations, 15 CFR part 774, supplement no. 1.

(c) U.S. financial institutions are authorized to conduct all transactions ordinarily incident to the provision by nongovernmental organizations that are U.S. persons of in-kind donations of medical devices listed on the Commerce Control List to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, provided that

(1) Such donation is licensed by OFAC; and

(2) Such donation is authorized under or pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations.

(d) The retention and reporting provisions of § 597.201 shall not apply with respect to transactions authorized by paragraphs (a) and (c) of this section.

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Dated: September 6, 2006.

Adam J. Szubin,

Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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[FR Doc. E6-16409 Filed 10-4-06; 8:45 am]

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