PUBLIC LAW 102-27~APR. 10, 1991 105 STAT. 153 (2) inserting "unless an environmental assessment: "(i) identifies potential impacts on biological diversity; "(ii) demonstrates that all timber extraction will be conducted according to an environmentally sound manage- ^^ ment system which maintains the ecological functions of the natursil forest and minimizes impacts on biological diversity; and "(iii) demonstrates that the activity will contribute to reducing deforestation" before the period at the end thereof. SEC. 309. PERSIAN GULF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. (a) INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK.— Congress strongly encourages the President to seek the establishment of an international framework agreement to— (1) provide for environmental monitoring, sissessment, remediation and restoration in the Persian Gulf region of effects of the recent war; and (2) provide for the payment, by the host country, of appropriate Federal agencies utilized to establish or implement this agreement. (b) REPORTS. — (1) Within 60 days of enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives an unclassified report identifying the actions taken to implement these provisions and any costs and pa3mients, and (2) by March 1, 1992, and subject to the receipt of payment by the Environmental Protection Agency under subsection (a)(2), the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with appropriate agencies, shall submit to Congress an unclassified report providing a comprehensive evaluation of environmental effects of the Persian Gulf conflict identified pursuant to this provision. SEC. 310. CHILD CARE BLOCK GRANT TECHNICAL AMENDMENT. Section 658J of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 is amended by striking out "expended" and inserting in lieu thereof "obligated". SEC. 311. SYRIA. (a) It is the sense of the Congress that— (1) The successful conclusion of the war in the Persian Gulf provides an opportunity to begin building a lasting peace in the Middle East; (2) A crucial element of peace in this unstable region is the willingness of Arab states to negotiate with Israel, recognizing her right to live in peace; (3) The United States should continue to urge Arab states to negotiate peace with the State of Israel; (4) One of those Arab states, Sjnria, continues to undermine goodwill and peace in the region by depriving the 4,000 Jews living in Syria of the right to emigrate; (5) Syrian Jews continue to live in a climate of fear and insecurity, still denied fundamental civil and human rights; President. 42 USC 9858h.