Libyan Sanctions Regulations, Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations, 16042-16043 [06-3024]

Download as PDF 16042 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 61 / Thursday, March 30, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Dated: March 24, 2006. Robert W. Werner, Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. [FR Doc. 06–3045 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] Background BILLING CODE 4810–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Foreign Assets Control 31 CFR Parts 550, 590, and 591 Libyan Sanctions Regulations, Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, the Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, and the Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations, as a result of the termination of the national emergencies, and revocation of the Executive orders, on which those regulations were based. DATES: Effective Date: March 30, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assistant Director, Policy, Office of Foreign Assets Control, tel.: 202/622– 4855, or Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Treasury, tel.: 202/ 622–2410 (not toll free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with RULES Electronic and Facsimile Availability This file is available for download without charge in ASCII and Adobe Acrobat readable (*.PDF) formats at GPO Access. GPO Access supports HTTP, FTP, and Telnet at fedbbs.access.gpo.gov. It may also be accessed by modem dialup at 202/512– 1387 followed by typing ‘‘/GO/FAC.’’ Paper copies of this document can be obtained by calling the Government Printing Office at 202/512–1530. This document and additional information concerning the programs of the Office of Foreign Assets Control are available for downloading from the Office’s Internet Home Page: http://www.treas.gov/ofac, or via FTP at ofacftp.treas.gov. Facsimiles of information are available through the Office’s 24-hour fax-ondemand service: Call 202/622–0077 using a fax machine, fax modem, or (within the United States) a touch-tone telephone. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Mar 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 On May 6, 2003, the President issued Executive Order 13298 (68 FR 24857, May 8, 2003), terminating the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12865 of September 26, 1993, with respect to the actions and policies of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (‘‘UNITA’’) and revoking Executive Orders 12865, 13069, and 13098. In terminating the national emergency, the President chose to end all blocking of any assets previously blocked under the Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations. On September 20, 2004, the President issued Executive Order 13357 (69 FR 56665, September 22, 2004), terminating the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12543 of January 7, 1986, with respect to the actions and policies of the Government of Libya and revoking Executive Orders 12543, 12544, 12801, and 12538. In terminating the national emergency, the President chose to end all blocking of any assets previously blocked under the Libyan Sanctions Regulations. Executive Order 13357 superseded a series of general licenses and amendments thereof, effective February 26, 2004, April 2, 2004, April 23, 2004, and August 6, 2004, which had authorized certain travel-related and residence-related transactions, as well as certain new transactions with Libya. The text of these licenses is available on the Office of Foreign Assets Control Web site at: http://www.treas.gov/ offices/enforcement/ofac/sanctions/ sanctguide-libya.shtml. Please note that certain transactions involving the Government of Libya, including entities owned or controlled by the Government of Libya, remain subject to the Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 596. On January 15, 2004, the President issued Executive Order 13324 (69 FR 2823, January 20, 2004), terminating the national emergency declared with respect to the illicit trade in diamonds from Sierra Leone and Liberia and revoking Executive Orders 13194 and 13213. Please note that the President issued Executive Order 13448 on July 27, 2004, declaring a national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons. This order, which remains in effect, blocks the assets of, and prohibits transactions with, these and other subsequently-designated persons. In addition, on July 29, 2003, the President issued Executive Order 13312, implementing the Clean Diamond Trade PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Act, Pub. L. 108–19, and the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme for rough diamonds. Executive Order 13312 prohibits, subject to certain Presidential waiver authorities, the importation into, and exportation from, the United States of any rough diamonds, from whatever source, not controlled through the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme. To implement Executive Order 13312, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (‘‘OFAC’’) issued interim regulations, effective July 30, 2003, under 31 CFR part 592, Rough Diamonds Control Regulations (68 Fed. Reg. 45777, August 4, 2003); on September 23, 2004, OFAC issued the final Rough Diamonds Control Regulations (69 Fed. Reg. 56936, September 23, 2004). As a result of these actions, all controls on rough diamonds are contained in 31 CFR part 592, Rough Diamonds Control Regulations. Accordingly, OFAC is removing the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 550, the Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 590, and the Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 591. Removal of these parts does not affect ongoing enforcement proceedings or prevent the initiation of enforcement proceedings where the relevant statute of limitations has not run. Executive Order 12866, Administrative Procedure Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and Paperwork Reduction Act Because the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, and Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations involve 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. The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because this rule does not impose information collection requirements that would require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. List of Subjects 31 CFR Part 550 Administrative practice and procedure, Banks, Banking, Currency, Foreign investments in United States, Foreign trade, Libya, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Securities, Travel restrictions. E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 61 / Thursday, March 30, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 31 CFR Part 590 Administrative practice and procedure, Angola, Arms and munitions, Exports, Foreign trade, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation. 31 CFR Part 591 Administrative practice and procedure, Diamonds, Exports, Foreign trade, Imports, Liberia, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. PARTS 550, 590 AND 591—[REMOVED] For the reasons set forth in the preamble, and under the authority of 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. and Executive Orders 13298, 13324, and 13357, 31 CFR chapter V is amended by removing parts 550, 590, and 591. I Dated: March 6, 2006. Barbara C. Hammerle, Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control. [FR Doc. 06–3024 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–25–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [CGD01–06–025] Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Hutchinson River (Eastchester Creek), New York City, NY Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of temporary deviation from regulations. AGENCY: cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with RULES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the AMTRAK Pelham Bay railroad bridge, across the Hutchinson River at mile 0.5, at New York City, New York. This deviation allows the bridge to open on a limited daily schedule from March 27, 2006 through April 25, 2006. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so at all times. This deviation is necessary to facilitate scheduled bridge maintenance. DATES: This deviation is effective from March 27, 2006 through April 25, 2006. ADDRESSES: Materials referred to in this document are available for inspection or copying at the First Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch Office, One South Street, New York, New York 10004, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Mar 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (212) 668–7165. The First Coast Guard District Bridge Branch Office maintains the public docket for this temporary deviation. POSTAL SERVICE Judy Leung-Yee, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, at (212) 668–7165. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AMTRAK Pelham Bay railroad bridge, across the Hutchinson River at mile 0.5, has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 8 feet at mean high water and 15 feet at mean low water. The existing regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.5 and 117.793. The owner of the bridge, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK), requested a temporary deviation to facilitate scheduled electrical bridge repairs. In order to perform the above repairs the bridge must operate on a limited opening schedule. Under this temporary deviation the AMTRAK Pelham Bay railroad bridge shall operate, from March 27, 2006 through April 25, 2006, as follows: On Tuesday through Saturday of each week of the effective period of this temporary deviation, the draw shall open on signal only two times during the high tide predicted at Hell Gate, New York, between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The period during which the draw shall open is from 45 minutes before the predicted high tide at Hell Gate to three and one half hours after the predicted high tide. On each Monday during the effective period of this temporary deviation, the draw shall open on signal only two times during each high tide, from 45 minutes before the predicted high tide at Hell Gate, New York, to three and one half hours after the predicted high tide. On each Sunday during the effective period of this temporary deviation, the bridge need not open. Vessels that can pass under the draw without a bridge opening may do so at all times. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(c), this work will be performed with all due speed in order to return the bridge to normal operation as soon as possible. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. ACTION: 16043 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: March 22, 2006. Gary Kassof, Bridge Program Manager, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 06–3043 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 39 CFR Part 111 Parcel Return Service Postal Service. Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This final rule adopts new mailing standards to make Parcel Return Service a permanent classification. Parcel Return Service replaces the former Parcel Return Services experiment and is now open to all postal customers who meet the participation requirements. DATES: Effective Date: April 2, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael F. Lee, 202–268–7263. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Postal Service published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 18, 2003 (68 FR 54664), introducing a new service called Parcel Return Services (PRS). This experimental service allowed authorized permit holders or their agents to pick up parcels returned by consumers at return bulk mail centers and return delivery units across the country. We filed a Request for Recommended Decision with the Postal Rate Commission on October 17, 2005, to make the experimental classification permanent. On March 3, 2006, the Postal Rate Commission issued its Recommended Decision that PRS become a permanent service offering (Docket No. MC2006–1). The Governors of the Postal Service acted on the Recommended Decision in Resolution 06–3 on March 22, 2006, establishing PRS as a permanent mail classification. The Governors set April 2, 2006, as the effective date of the change. Summary of Changes We are changing the name of PRS from the plural ‘‘Parcel Return Services’’ to the singular ‘‘Parcel Return Service.’’ There are two major changes in the permanent PRS classification as compared with the experimental service offering. We are not offering Bound Printed Matter (BPM) Return Service as part of the permanent set of rates for PRS, because there was no reported BPM volume during the experiment. Consequently, only Parcel Select Return Service remains. At the request of PRS mailers, we will now offer Certificate of Mailing as an extra service for PRS parcels. A mailer returning a parcel using PRS can bring it to a local post office and purchase a Certificate of E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 61 (Thursday, March 30, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Foreign Assets Control

31 CFR Parts 550, 590, and 591


Libyan Sanctions Regulations, Angola (UNITA) Sanctions 
Regulations, Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations

AGENCY: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control is 
removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the Libyan Sanctions 
Regulations, the Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, and the Rough 
Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations, as a result of the 
termination of the national emergencies, and revocation of the 
Executive orders, on which those regulations were based.

DATES: Effective Date: March 30, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assistant Director, Policy, Office of 
Foreign Assets Control, tel.: 202/622-4855, or Chief Counsel (Foreign 
Assets Control), Office of the General Counsel, Department of the 
Treasury, tel.: 202/622-2410 (not toll free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic and Facsimile Availability

    This file is available for download without charge in ASCII and 
Adobe Acrobat readable (*.PDF) formats at GPO Access. GPO Access 
supports HTTP, FTP, and Telnet at fedbbs.access.gpo.gov. It may also be 
accessed by modem dialup at 202/512-1387 followed by typing ``/GO/
FAC.'' Paper copies of this document can be obtained by calling the 
Government Printing Office at 202/512-1530. This document and 
additional information concerning the programs of the Office of Foreign 
Assets Control are available for downloading from the Office's Internet 
Home Page: http://www.treas.gov/ofac, or via FTP at ofacftp.treas.gov. 
Facsimiles of information are available through the Office's 24-hour 
fax-on-demand service: Call 202/622-0077 using a fax machine, fax 
modem, or (within the United States) a touch-tone telephone.

Background

    On May 6, 2003, the President issued Executive Order 13298 (68 FR 
24857, May 8, 2003), terminating the national emergency declared in 
Executive Order 12865 of September 26, 1993, with respect to the 
actions and policies of the National Union for the Total Independence 
of Angola (``UNITA'') and revoking Executive Orders 12865, 13069, and 
13098. In terminating the national emergency, the President chose to 
end all blocking of any assets previously blocked under the Angola 
(UNITA) Sanctions Regulations.
    On September 20, 2004, the President issued Executive Order 13357 
(69 FR 56665, September 22, 2004), terminating the national emergency 
declared in Executive Order 12543 of January 7, 1986, with respect to 
the actions and policies of the Government of Libya and revoking 
Executive Orders 12543, 12544, 12801, and 12538. In terminating the 
national emergency, the President chose to end all blocking of any 
assets previously blocked under the Libyan Sanctions Regulations.
    Executive Order 13357 superseded a series of general licenses and 
amendments thereof, effective February 26, 2004, April 2, 2004, April 
23, 2004, and August 6, 2004, which had authorized certain travel-
related and residence-related transactions, as well as certain new 
transactions with Libya. The text of these licenses is available on the 
Office of Foreign Assets Control Web site at: http://www.treas.gov/
offices/enforcement/ofac/sanctions/sanctguide-libya.shtml.
    Please note that certain transactions involving the Government of 
Libya, including entities owned or controlled by the Government of 
Libya, remain subject to the Terrorism List Governments Sanctions 
Regulations, 31 CFR part 596.
    On January 15, 2004, the President issued Executive Order 13324 (69 
FR 2823, January 20, 2004), terminating the national emergency declared 
with respect to the illicit trade in diamonds from Sierra Leone and 
Liberia and revoking Executive Orders 13194 and 13213. Please note that 
the President issued Executive Order 13448 on July 27, 2004, declaring 
a national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of former 
Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons. This order, which 
remains in effect, blocks the assets of, and prohibits transactions 
with, these and other subsequently-designated persons.
    In addition, on July 29, 2003, the President issued Executive Order 
13312, implementing the Clean Diamond Trade Act, Pub. L. 108-19, and 
the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme for rough diamonds. Executive 
Order 13312 prohibits, subject to certain Presidential waiver 
authorities, the importation into, and exportation from, the United 
States of any rough diamonds, from whatever source, not controlled 
through the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme. To implement 
Executive Order 13312, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (``OFAC'') 
issued interim regulations, effective July 30, 2003, under 31 CFR part 
592, Rough Diamonds Control Regulations (68 Fed. Reg. 45777, August 4, 
2003); on September 23, 2004, OFAC issued the final Rough Diamonds 
Control Regulations (69 Fed. Reg. 56936, September 23, 2004). As a 
result of these actions, all controls on rough diamonds are contained 
in 31 CFR part 592, Rough Diamonds Control Regulations.
    Accordingly, OFAC is removing the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, 31 
CFR part 550, the Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 
590, and the Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 
part 591. Removal of these parts does not affect ongoing enforcement 
proceedings or prevent the initiation of enforcement proceedings where 
the relevant statute of limitations has not run.

Executive Order 12866, Administrative Procedure Act, Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, and Paperwork Reduction Act

    Because the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, Angola (UNITA) Sanctions 
Regulations, and Rough Diamonds (Liberia) Sanctions Regulations involve 
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.
    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because this rule does 
not impose information collection requirements that would require the 
approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq.

List of Subjects

31 CFR Part 550

    Administrative practice and procedure, Banks, Banking, Currency, 
Foreign investments in United States, Foreign trade, Libya, Penalties, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Securities, Travel 
restrictions.

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31 CFR Part 590

    Administrative practice and procedure, Angola, Arms and munitions, 
Exports, Foreign trade, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Transportation.

31 CFR Part 591

    Administrative practice and procedure, Diamonds, Exports, Foreign 
trade, Imports, Liberia, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

PARTS 550, 590 AND 591--[REMOVED]

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, and under the authority of 
50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. and Executive Orders 13298, 13324, and 13357, 31 
CFR chapter V is amended by removing parts 550, 590, and 591.

    Dated: March 6, 2006.
Barbara C. Hammerle,
Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.
[FR Doc. 06-3024 Filed 3-29-06; 8:45 am]
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