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Wednesday, 22 April, 1998, 04:56 GMT 05:56 UK
EU suspends challenge against controversial US law

The European Union has suspended its formal legal challenge to the Helms Burton Act, the United States law that punishes foreign companies for doing business with Cuba.

Instead, the two sides have agreed to pursue the matter between themselves.

The act has created tension between the United States and Europe, which argues that Washington has no right to impose its laws on other countries.

Although the formal legal challenge has ended, EU officials said they might reopen the two-year-old dispute if there wasn't a satisfactory settlement.

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