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Tuesday, 27 January, 1998, 07:49 GMT
EU Ministers agree immigration crackdown

European Union foreign ministers have adopted wide-ranging proposals to slow down the influx of illegal immigrants, in response to the arrival in the past year of thousands of Kurds from Turkey and Iraq.

The plan calls for closer co-operation between police and customs officials to combat the trafficking in immigrants.

The British chairman of the meeting in Brussels, the Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, said the problem was not the numbers involved, but growing evidence that racketeers had moved in to transport the migrants.

The plan proposes closer contacts with Turkey and the United Nations refugee agency, and reaffirmed the obligation of EU countries to provide protection for genuine refugees.

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