03 July 2002
U.S. Blocks Assets of Three More People
Linked to Balkan Extremism
(Gafur Adili, Nevzat Halili, Kastriot Haxhirexha added to list) (270)
The United States announced July 2 its decision to block the assets of
three more people who have provided "leadership or material support"
to armed insurgents in the western Balkans, thus threatening
international stabilization efforts in the region.
The sanctioned individuals are Gafur Adili, Nevzat Halili, and
Kastriot Haxhirexha, according to the following statement from State
Department Spokesman Richard Boucher:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
July 3, 2002
Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
ADDITION OF NAMES TO PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER TARGETING WESTERN
On July 2, the United States designated three additional individuals
pursuant to Presidential Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001, which
blocks the assets of persons "who threaten international stabilization
efforts in the Western Balkans." This step was taken after the
Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of
State, determined that these individuals have been actively involved
in sponsoring, funding or directing destabilizing acts of violence in
the Western Balkans, including Macedonia.
The sanctioned individuals are: Gafur Adili, Nevzat Halili, and
Kastriot Haxhirexha. All three have provided leadership or material
support to armed insurgents in the Western Balkans. These insurgents,
especially the so-called Albanian National Army, directly undermine
regional stability and pose a threat to U.S. military forces currently
deployed in the region.
This action once again sends a clear message to extremist groups and
their supporters that these tactics are unacceptable. We will use
every means at our disposal to isolate these groups and deny their
access to financial support.
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)