Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) has lifted the sanctions it imposed on senior Zimbabwean government officials, except those on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, whose bank deposits in Europe remain frozen, according to an EU official communique issued here Friday.
It said: 'if governance and human rights situation ease out by 1 November, 2014, all measures against the development cooperation between EU and Zimbabwe will be lifted, adding that
'from then on, Zimbabwe will begin to benefit from resources of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).'
The sanctions against the Zimbabwean regime were imposed following the accelerated land reform under which lands belonging to foreigners were seized and transferred to former fighters of the ZANU-PF, Mugabe's party.
The EU said, however, that the arms embargo on Zimbabwe are still in force.