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Text of the United Nations Eviction Act

This bill was introduced on September 23, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 23, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 7027

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 23, 2008

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To direct the Attorney General to institute condemnation proceedings to acquire the property in the headquarters district and any other property in the United States of the United Nations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the United Nations Eviction Act.

2.

Acquisition of property of the united nations in the united states

(a)

Acquisition of property

Notwithstanding section 3 of article II and section 23 of article IX of Public Law 80–357 (61 Stat. 756), not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall institute condemnation proceedings to acquire in the name of the United States all right, title, and interest of the United Nations in and to any real property in the United States, including the headquarters district of the United Nations.

(b)

Judicial proceedings

The Attorney General shall institute such condemnation proceedings in the name of the United States in the district court of the United States for the district in which such property is situated and such court shall have full jurisdiction of such proceedings.

(c)

Sale of property

Not later than 30 days after such property has been acquired by the United States, the Administrator of General Services shall dispose of such property through a competitive sale to the general public. The Administrator shall make every effort to receive from such sale an amount that equals or exceeds the fair market value of such property. The Administrator shall deposit in the general fund of the Treasury the proceeds from such sale.

(d)

Fair market value of property

The fair market value of the real property to be sold under subsection (c) shall be determined by an appraisal acceptable to the Administrator.

(e)

Prohibition on further acquisition of property

It shall be unlawful for the United Nations to acquire, or to attempt to acquire, whether through purchase, lease, rental, exchange, or any other method of acquisition, in the name of the United Nations, any right, title, and interest in and to any real property in the United States.

(f)

Revocation of diplomatic privileges and immunities

Notwithstanding sections 11 and 13 of article IV of such Law, the diplomatic privileges and immunities to which a representative, official, or any other individual of a Member State of the United Nations is entitled in the United States are hereby revoked.

(g)

Repealer

On the date that the sale of property under subsection (c) is completed, Public Law 80–357 (61 Stat. 756) is repealed.

(h)

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Headquarters district

The term headquarters district means the real property of the United Nations in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York in the State of New York.

(2)

United nations

The term United Nations means the international organization established by the Charter of the United Nations and includes the specialized agencies of the United Nations.

(3)

United states

The term United States includes the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.