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Bush Lifts Sanctions on Angolan Group

President Bush has lifted Clinton-era sanctions against Angola’s UNITA organization, the former rebel group that has become a political party now that the country’s civil war has ended. “UNITA no longer poses an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Wednesday. The main impact of Bush’s action is that it allows transactions by UNITA members with U.S. financial organizations. The executive order, signed Tuesday and announced Wednesday, lifts all sanctions imposed on UNITA in three executive orders President Clinton signed between 1993 and 1998. The orders had banned the sale of military equipment to UNITA. Bush’s action will have no practical effect because the United States does not allow the sale of arms to political parties. Full Story

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