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EU lifts sanctions

Published:Friday | June 20, 2008 | 3:33 PM

The European Union has lifted sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003 in protest against the Cuban government\'s imprisonment of more than 70 dissidents.

EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner says the union will continue to monitor human rights conditions in Cuba.

Ms Ferrero-Waldner says the member states wanted to promote change in Cuba after Raul Castro took over as the head of government from his ailing brother, Fidel.

Meanwhile, Miriam Leiva - one of the founding members of a dissident group says the move is unwarranted as the island\'s new president had not made any significant moves towards creating a more open or democratic society.

The EU sanctions were reportedly suspended in 2005, but not completely removed.