Posted by Jeff from d53-106-196.try.wideopenwest.com (188.8.131.52) on Monday, December 09, 2002 at 11:16PM :
Bush Designates Zowaa A Democratic Opposition Organization, Eligible For Govt Assistance
9 December 2002
(ZNDA: Washington) This morning in a memorandum to the Secretary of the State, Colin Powell, and US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush designated the Assyrian Democratic Movement and four other Iraqi opposition groups as the "Democratic Opposition Organizations" under the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. This ‘Presidential Determination’ allows each of the five groups to receive U.S. Government financial and material assistance.
President George W. Bush has now directed the Pentagon to provide up to 92 million dollars in military equipment and training to groups opposed to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the White House said today.
The five groups are the Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa), Iraqi Free Officers and Civilians Movement; the Iraqi National Front; the Iraqi National Movement; the Iraqi Turkmen Front; and the Islamic Accord of Iraq.
The other Iraqi opposition groups already on this list are the Iraqi National Congress (INC), the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Following is the full text of the memorandum submitted by President Bush, earlier this morning:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
December 9, 2002
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Presidential Determination of designations Under the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998
Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President of the United States, including under section 5 of he Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) (the "Act"), I hereby determine that each of the following groups is a democratic opposition organization and that each satisfies the criteria set forth in section 5(c) of the Act: the Assyrian Democratic Movement; the Iraqi Free Officers and Civilians Movement; the Iraqi National Front; the Iraqi National Movement; the Iraqi Turkmen Front; and the Islamic Accord of Iraq. I hereby designate each of these organizations as eligible to receive assistance under section 4 of the Act.
You are authorized and directed to report this determination and designation to the Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register.
George W. Bush
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