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RECOGNIZING THE MEXICAN HOLIDAY OF CINCO DE MAYO;
HONORING SISTER DOROTHY STANG; RECOGNIZING THE

;
57TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATE
OF ISRAEL; URGING ROMANIA TO PROVIDE FAIR RESTITU-
TION FOR CONFISCATED PROPERTY; RECOGNIZING THE
STEPS INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE TAKEN TOWARD BILAT-
ERAL PEACE; URGING THE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL SYRIAN
FORCES FROM LEBANON; EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE
HOUSE REGARDING ANTI-SEMITISM AT THE UN; AND WEL-
COMING THE PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN ON THE OCCA-
SION OF HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES

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BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED NINTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. Con. Res. 44, H. Con. Res. 89, H. Con. Res. 149,

H. Res. 191, H. Res. 272, H. Res, 273,

H. Res. 282 and H. Con. Res. 153

POF CONGRESS

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MAY 18, 2005

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COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

HENRY J. HYDE, Illinois, Chairman JAMES A. LEACH, Iowa

TOM LANTOS, California CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH, New Jersey, HOWARD L. BERMAN, California Vice Chairman

GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York DAN BURTON, Indiana

ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA, American ELTON GALLEGLY, California

Samoa ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida

DONALD M. PAYNE, New Jersey DANA ROHRABACHER, California

ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey EDWARD R. ROYCE, California

SHERROD BROWN, Ohio PETER T. KING, New York

BRAD SHERMAN, California STEVE CHABOT, Ohio

ROBERT WEXLER, Florida THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York RON PAUL, Texas

WILLIAM D. DELAHUNT, Massachusetts DARRELL ISSA, California

GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York JEFF FLAKE, Arizona

BARBARA LEE, California JO ANN DAVIS, Virginia

JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York MARK GREEN, Wisconsin

EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon JERRY WELLER, Illinois

SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada MIKE PENCE, Indiana

GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California THADDEUS G. MCCOTTER, Michigan

ADAM B. SCHIFF, California KATHERINE HARRIS, Florida

DIANE E. WATSON, California JOE WILSON, South Carolina

ADAM SMITH, Washington JOHN BOOZMAN, Arkansas

BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota
J. GRESHAM BARRETT, South Carolina BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
CONNIE MACK, Florida

DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
MICHAEL MCCAUL, Texas
TED POE, Texas

THOMAS E. MOONEY, SR., Staff Director/General Counsel

ROBERT R. KING, Democratic Staff Director

DANIEL FREEMAN, Counsel / Parliamentarian
JEAN CARROLL, Full Committee Hearing Coordinator

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H. Con. Res. 44, Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday

of Cinco de Mayo
H. Con. Res. 89, Honoring the life of Sister Dorothy Stang
H. Con. Res. 149, Recognizing the 57th anniversary of the independence

of the State of Israel

Amendment to H. Con. Res. 149
H. Res. 191, Urging the Government of Romania to recognize its responsibil-

ities to provide equitable, prompt, and fair restitution to all religious com-
munities for property confiscated by the former Communist government

in Romania
H. Res. 272, Recognizing the historic steps India and Pakistan have taken

toward achieving bilateral peace
H. Res. 273, Urging the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from Lebanon, sup-

port for free and fair democratic elections in Lebanon, and the development
of democratic institutions and safeguards to foster sovereign democratic
rule in Lebanon
Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H. Res. 273 offered by the
Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Representative in Congress from the

State of Flori
H. Res. 282, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding

manifestations of anti-Semitism by United Nations member states and
urging action against anti-Semitism by United Nations officials, United
Nations member states, and the Government of the United States, and

for other purposes
H. Con. Res. 153, Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President

of Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United States in May
2005 and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partner-
ship between the United States and Afghanistan

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

RECOGNIZING THE MEXICAN HOLIDAY OF CINCO DE MAYO; HONORING SISTER DOROTHY STANG; RECOGNIZING THE 57TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL; URGING ROMANIA TO PROVIDE FAIR RESTITUTION FOR CONFISCATED PROPERTY; RECOGNIZING THE STEPS INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE TAKEN TOWARD BILATERAL PEACE; URGING THE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL SYRIAN FORCES FROM LEBANON; EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE REGARDING ANTI-SEMITISM AT THE UN; AND WELCOMING THE PRESIDENT OF AF. GHANISTAN ON THE OCCASION OF HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2005

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, ,

Washington, DC. The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:34 a.m., in room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Henry J. Hyde (Chairman of the Committee) presiding.

Chairman HYDE. The Committee will come to order. The business meeting of the Committee will come to order. We have a series of noncontroversial bills on the agenda. It is the intention of the Chair to consider these measures en bloc and, by unanimous consent, authorize the Chair to seek consideration of the bills under suspension of the rules.

All Members are given leave to insert remarks on the measures into the record, should they choose to do so.

The Chair now recognizes Mr. Lantos, the Ranking Democrat.

Mr. LANTOS. Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for giving me an opportunity to say a few words about the resolution relating to Lebanon. I support all of the resolutions, and I merely wish to make a statement indicating my future intention concerning this subject.

The resolution before the Committee expresses Congress' ongoing concern that the withdrawal of Syrian troops and the intelligence officials from Lebanon be verifiably complete, and that the Lebanese people be allowed to choose their own leaders freely and fairly.

I commend my colleague and friend, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, for bringing these important issues before the Committee.

join with all of my colleagues in admiration of Lebanese people power, which defied the odds and succeeded in expelling all, or at least nearly all, of Syria's uniformed forces. I welcome what we all hope will be a peaceful transition to sovereign democratic rule in Lebanon.

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