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EU Eases Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

The European Union says it is easing sanctions on Zimbabwe to reward ongoing political reforms there.

EU officials said Monday they are removing travel bans against six members of the government and lifting an asset freeze on another 21 Zimbabweans.

The EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell'Aricia, says the easing of sanctions follows the drafting of a proposed new constitution for Zimbabwe. The country is scheduled to vote on the document next month and to hold elections in July.

The EU first imposed the sanctions on individual Zimbabweans in 2002 in response to alleged human rights abuses by President Mugabe.

Dell'Aricia said after the elections Brussels will review remaining travel bans and asset freezes against President Mugabe himself and dozens of his associates.



The United States also maintains sanctions against the Zimbabwean president and his allies.

Mr. Mugabe says the sanctions are illegal and hurt the country's economy.

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