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Monday, July 19, 1999 Published at 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK

World: Europe

EU to ease Yugoslav sanctions

European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels say they want to ease the sanctions imposed against Yugoslavia.

The ministers are seeking a speedy lifting of all restrictions -- including the oil embargo -- against Kosovo and Montenegro.

But as far as Serbia is concerned, only sanctions that affect the civilian population, like the flight ban, would be revoked.

The EU Commission was charged with making concrete proposals in the matter.

The ministers also decided that the headquarters of the Kosovo reconstruction agency would be located in Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

But there will an operational centre with wide-ranging powers in the Kosovo capital, Pristina.

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