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    End of Economic Sanctions on South Africa

    President Bush announced the end of economic sanctions against South Africa in a news conference held in the White House. He stated the State Department had advised him all five of the conditions listed in the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, passed in 1986, under which sanctions could be lifted, had been fulfilled. He also stated the political changes ending apartheid in South Africa were “irreversible.” The end of sanctions allowed trade with South Africa, bank loans to the South African government, and airline connections to the country. President Bush stated that while the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act had ended, other separately passed sanctions remained in effect, including a ban on all military exports to South Africa’s military and a ban on shared intelligence. The lifting of sanctions came one day following the International Olympic Committee’s announcement allowing South Africa to compete in international Olympic competition.

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