WASHINGTON, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Accusing the regime led by former Liberian president Charles Taylor of posing an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. foreign policy, the Obama administration on Monday declared an extension of sanctions on the regime for additional year.
In a letter to U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama told lawmakers that he has decided to make the national emergency on Taylor and his regime, which will be expired on July 22, continue in effect for another year. Under the national emergency, the administration could adopt a series of economic sanctions.
"The actions and policies of Charles Taylor and others have left a legacy of destruction that continues to undermine Liberia's transformation and recovery," said Obama, adding that the actions and policies "continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat " to U.S. foreign policy.
Charles Taylor, 62, served Liberia's president from 1997 to 2003. He is currently standing trial at the United Nations tribunal in The Hague. He is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly overseeing the brutal 10-year civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.