Clinton keeps US sanctions on YU

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2000 -- (Reuters) President Bill Clinton extended U.S. sanctions against Yugoslavia on Thursday, saying it still represented an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. national security.

The sanctions were imposed in April 1999 in response to Yugoslavia's crackdown on the ethnic Moslem minority in Kosovo. The sanctions impose a general ban on all U.S. exports to and imports from Yugoslavia, including Serbia and Montenegro.

An exception is agricultural products and medicine and medical equipment subject to safeguards to prevent diversion to military or political use by the Yugoslav government.

"This situation continues to pose a continuing and unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy interests and the economy of the United States," Clinton said in documents sent to Congress notifying them of the extension of the sanctions for another six months.

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