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EU imposes additional sanctions against Cote d'Ivoire

04-07-2011 09:29 BJT

BRUSSELS, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Council of the European Union has ordered additional restrictive measures against Cote d'Ivoire, in view of the gravity of the situation there.

Under legislation adopted Wednesday, the EU has banned the purchase of bonds and securities from and the provision of loans to the government of Laurent Gbagbo, which is internationally regarded as illegitimate. But it has provided for exemptions to ensure that funds needed for humanitarian purposes are available.

In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1975, the EU had also added an additional individual to the list of persons who are subject to a visa ban and an assets freeze because they are deemed to be obstructing peace and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire, obstructing the work of the U.N. Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and committing serious human rights violations.

The new Council decision and regulation were adopted by written procedure on Wednesday and will be published in the Official Journal of the EU Thursday.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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