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EU Extends Zimbabwe Sanctions, Removes Some Names from List

Hemera/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS, Belgium) -- The European Union removed some names off a sanctions list for Zimbabwe, though they extended an arms embargo and freezing aid for a further six months.

The EU Council met in Brussels on Friday where they approved removing 51 names from the list though President Robert Mugabe and key members of his government remain on the list. Since the September 2008 power sharing agreement between the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU-PF) and opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the EU lifted some sanctions on the southern African nation.

A travel ban was removed for Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi in order for them to travel to Brussels for negotiations with the council.

Zimbabwe is expected to hold presidential elections in 2012.

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