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December 16, 2003
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President Bush signed into law a bill that imposes sanctions on Syria unless it cracks down on terrorism. The Syria Accountability Act, which Bush signed last Friday night, imposes trade sanctions on Syria and offers the president a range of other possible punitive measures unless Syria shuts down the local operations of terrorist groups, restores sovereignty to Lebanon and accounts for Syria’s nonconventional weapons capability.

The Palestinian Authority may try to upgrade its U.N. status. A resolution to upgrade the status of Palestinians from permanent U.N. observers to the official representatives of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is being discussed among the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of developing countries.

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