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SANCTIONS AGAINST S. AFRICA MIGHT BE LIFTED BY NEXT MONTH

President Bush is expected to lift the 5-year-old U.S. economic sanctions on South Africa as early as next month, senior administration and congressional sources say.

By then, the administration is confident that the one remaining condition for the lifting of sanctions - the freeing of all political prisoners - will have been met by the South African government, the sources said Tuesday."The predisposition is to lift the sanctions," said one Republican official on Capitol Hill, speaking only on condition of anonymity. "The die is cast," said another.

The officials said the administration wants to deal with the matter quickly now that legislation repealing South African segregation laws has been passed in that country.