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Yugoslavia: EU Lifts Key Sanctions On Belgrade

Luxembourg, 9 October 2000 (RFE/RL) - EU foreign ministers today lifted key sanctions on Yugoslavia in recognition of the ousting of former President Slobodan Milosevic. Meeting in Luxembourg, the ministers approved a resolution removing all sanctions targeting Yugoslavia with the exception of those aimed at Milosevic and his associates. The resolution removes an oil embargo on Yugoslavia and a ban on commercial flights to and from Serbia. It maintains sanctions on Milosevic and his allies by freezing their assets abroad and banning them from travel to EU nations.

The ministers also said that Yugoslavia will be eligible for EU reconstruction and development aid. French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, also said that EU foreign ministers today proposed an agreement with Yugoslavia opening the way to special ties with the union. Vedrine is due to Belgrade tomorrow to brief new Yugoslavia President Vojislav Kostunica on the EU moves.