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        S.Con.Res. 50
                                     Agreed to November 21, 1993        
                       One Hundred Third Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
  the fifth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three


                          Concurrent Resolution

Whereas the signing on September 13, 1993, of the Declaration of 
  Principles between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the 
  Government of Israel signals a new era of cooperation in the Middle 
  East;
Whereas a true peace in the Middle East can only be established and 
  remain in effect if there is economic stability and cooperation in the 
  region;
Whereas adherence to the Arab League boycott of Israel is a source of 
  economic instability in the Middle East;
Whereas the members of the Arab League instituted a primary boycott 
  against Israel in 1948;
Whereas in the early 1950's the Arab states instituted a secondary and 
  tertiary boycott against United States and other firms because of 
  their commercial ties to Israel;
Whereas the boycott attempts to use economic blackmail to force United 
  States firms to comply with boycott regulation;
Whereas the boycott was cited by the United States Trade Representative 
  in the 1992 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers 
  as an ``additional legal restraint to United States trade in the 
  region'';
Whereas hundreds of United States firms have been blacklisted and barred 
  from doing business with members of the Arab League under the 
  secondary and tertiary boycott;
Whereas the total damage caused by the boycott is unknown because the 
  number of United States firms that conduct business with Israel have 
  not attempted commercial transactions with members of the Arab League; 
  due to the boycott is uncertain; and
Whereas the United States has a policy of prohibiting United States 
  firms from providing Arab states with the requested information about 
  compliance to boycott regulation: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This resolution may be cited as the ``Anti-Boycott Resolution of 
1993''.

SEC. 2. EXPRESSION OF CONGRESSIONAL VIEWS.

    The Congress--
        (1) believes the continuation of the Arab League boycott of 
    Israel will be a severe impediment to the economic prosperity of all 
    participating nations and to the establishment of a lasting peace 
    and prosperity in the Middle East;
        (2) believes the secondary and tertiary boycott cause 
    substantial economic losses to United States firms;
        (3) welcomes the actions by those members of the Arab League 
    that have begun dismantling the secondary and tertiary boycott, and 
    urges them to continue their efforts until a complete dissolution of 
    the primary, secondary, and tertiary boycott is achieved;
        (4) hopes that the indefinite postponement of the October 24, 
    1993, meeting of the Central Boycott Committee signals an end to the 
    placement of more United States firms on the boycott list and a 
    willingness to dismantle the boycott in its entirety;
        (5) urges those states that have begun to or are considering 
    dismantling all forms of the boycott to proceed promptly with such 
    dismantlement;
        (6) urges those states that are still enforcing the boycott to 
    dismantle the boycott in all its forms and to issue the necessary 
    laws, rules, and regulations to ensure that United States firms have 
    free and open access to Arab markets regardless of their business 
    relationships with Israel;
        (7) urges those states, in addition, to cease enforcing and 
    requiring participation in the boycott in its primary, secondary, 
    and tertiary forms;
        (8) urges the United States Government to continue to raise the 
    boycott as an unfair trade practice in every appropriate 
    international trade forum; and
        (9) expresses the sense of the Congress that the end of the Arab 
    League boycott of Israel is of great urgency to the United States 
    Government and will continue to be a priority issue in all bilateral 
    relations with participating states until its complete dissolution.
  Attest:







                                                Secretary of the Senate.

  Attest:







                                  Clerk of the House of Representatives.