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Re: Banned Goods

On 15 May 01, at 8:25, Colin Rowat wrote:
> explained that, for the most part, holds are placed by
> understaffed missions (the US and the UK) when the
> staff don't feel that they have enough information to
> make a clear decision immediately.  

With respect, Colin, I think this is nonsense. Holds have *tripled* 
over the last year in what seems to be a direct response to 
"sanctions erosion." Furthermore, the U.S. State Department has 
been *totally* stonewalling Congressional inquiries about the 
problem, and has failed to back changes at the 661 Committee 
that they have privately told Congress they agree with (such as a 
line-item veto in contracts). 

Ramsey Kysia
Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)
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