Bush waives PLO ban

President Bush waived a ban on a PLO office on Washington for another six months.

Laws banning the PLO’s presence in the capital have been in place since the 1980s, but President Bush and his predecessor, President Clinton, have waived them every six months so as not to upset peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I hereby determine and certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of section 1003 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987,” Bush wrote in a memorandum to Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday, his last such waiver before he leaves office.

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