[Stop-traffic] NEWS/BULGARIA: GERMAN EMBASSY IN SOFIA DENIES PEOPLE TRAFFICKING INVOLVEMENT

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] NEWS/BULGARIA: GERMAN EMBASSY IN SOFIA DENIES PEOPLE TRAFFICKING INVOLVEMENT
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 08:11:02 EST


17/Jan/01 BULGARIA: GERMAN EMBASSY IN SOFIA DENIES PEOPLE TRAFFICKING
INVOLVEMENT CLAIM.
Source: Bulgarian Radio, Sofia, in Bulgarian 1000 gmt 15 Jan 00
Text of report by Bulgarian radio on 15 January
The German embassy in Sofia states that it has no information on its staff
being involved in trafficking in illegal immigrants. The embassy's Second
Secretary Knut Abraham told Khorizont Radio this in a telephone call. His
comment was made in connection with a report in a Belgian newspaper stating
that Bulgarian tourism companies have been organizing the illegal transfer
of immigrants to Belgium with the mediation of the German and French
embassies in Sofia.
Suspicions of this kind are always raised in such cases, but we have not
received any official accusations. It is for this reason that we closely
monitor the work of our staff in the visa section, Knut Abraham explained.
He said that so far the Belgian Foreign Ministry had not contacted the
German mission in Sofia.
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