Europeans to Enforce Trade Ban on Yugoslavia
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THE Western European Union (WEU) agreed yesterday to send patrol boats and hundreds of police and customs officers to the Danube River to enforce the United Nations trade ban against Yugoslavia.
The UN sanctions were imposed against rump Yugoslavia, which consists of Serbia and Montenegro, for fomenting war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Officials say they expect the WEU patrol boats to be in place within a month.
Secretary-General Willem van Eekelen said the Western European Union will send eight to 10 fast patrol boats and up to 300 police and customs officers to stop and search ships suspected of violating the sanctions.
Italy, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg will take part in the operation. The WEU is a defense organization that includes all European Community states except Denmark and Ireland. Germany Polices Borders
Border police began deploying an auxiliary force of 1,600 along Germany's eastern and southeastern frontiers yesterday to help combat a flood of illegal immigrants that new laws and regulations have failed to stem.
Last year, 310,000 migrants entered Germany illegally, 80 percent of them originating from Romania and Bulgaria, according to Diethelm Brucker, head of the frontier police in east Germany.
Nine percent of the total immediately applied for asylum, benefiting from liberal German laws that provide them with housing and spending money while their asylum request is being considered.
In the first quarter of 1993, police intercepted 12,500 illegal immigrants, Mr. Brucker said.
A record high total of 438,000 people applied for political asylum in Germany last year, and the rate in 1993 has not abated, despite new rules aimed at speeding up processing of requests and encouraging Romanians and Bulgarians to remain at home.
The German parliament is debating a bill that would effectively allow Germany to expel any person who crossed its border illegally by land.
The border police also have started using enhanced electronic surveillance, such as infrared radar, aimed at spotting the illegals as they come across, Brucker said. Andreotti Investigation
Milan magistrates told former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti yesterday he was being investigated on suspicion of breaking Italy's law on funding political parties, court sources said.
It was the second such probe to involve the veteran Christian Democrat premier. Last month, Sicilian magistrates asked Parliament to lift his immunity from prosecution and allow him to stand trial on suspicion of links with the Mafia.
The move by investigators yesterday marked the first time that Mr. Andreotti has been drawn into the huge corruption scandal centered on Italy's business capital, Milan.