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     09-03-2005

Putin Deals Setback to Bryant, NTGL

Liberian Observer (Monrovia)
     NEWS
     March 9, 2005
     Posted to the web March 10, 2005
     Monrovia

Russian leader orders extension of U.N. resolution on Liberia, says state institutions, industrial, trade, financial, transport and other enterprises are instructed to proceed in their activities from the Liberia-related measures to be prolonged from December 22, 2004 until a special instruction.

Liberia's interim government headed by Gyude Bryant suffered a major setback Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin prolonged the regime of sanctions against Liberia.

The Russian leader has decreed on the Measures to Fulfill Resolution 1579 of the UN Security Council, dated December 21, 2004, the Kremlin press service reported Wednesday.

The president instructs all state institutions, industrial, trade, financial, transport and other enterprises, firms, banks, organizations, other legal persons and individuals under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation to proceed in their activities from the Liberia-related measures to be prolonged from December 22, 2004 until a special instruction.

"Exceptions from these measures are only allowed by a permission of the UN Security Council Committee established in line with Resolution 1521 of the UN Security Council, dated December 22, 2003", reads the presidential decree.

Since Liberia has not fulfilled the provisions for a peaceful settlement in that country, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1579 on December 21, 2004, which extends the sanctions regime fixed by its Resolution 1521 of December 22, 2003.

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