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European Union to Ease Sanctions

October 31, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

The government welcomed a European Union decision to ease sanctions imposed on Nigeria three years ago to nudge the West African nation toward democracy. The 15-member EU's decision, which will take effect Sunday, lifts diplomatic and sporting sanctions but retains an embargo on arms sales and military cooperation. The move will allow Nigerian officials and their families to travel to EU nations, and high-level visits will be restored. The action comes in recognition of efforts toward reform by Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, who succeeded the late dictator Sani Abacha.

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