EU lifts ban on many Zim officials

2013-03-25 16:51

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Harare - The European Union (EU) has lifted  sanctions on 81 Zimbabwean government officials and eight entities, in response to the “peaceful” referendum on the new constitution held last week.
In a statement, the EU said it recognised the importance of the recently held referendum and the adoption of a new constitution as a major step towards free elections.

“The EU, in line with its commitment to suspend a majority of remaining restrictive measures, has today agreed to immediately suspend the application of measures against 81 individuals and eight entities," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

However, sanctions will remain in force against President Robert Mugabe and 10 of his top aides.

The EU had eased sanctions on Zimbabwe last month by lifting asset freezes and travel bans on 27 people, including six ministers.

Zimbabwe has been under sanctions since 2002, following presidential elections which the EU said were flawed.

 - Fin24

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