March 2, 1990 |
The U.S. Army today said it has cut the number of patrols along West Germany's borders with East Germany and Czechoslovakia, which for decades formed the boundary line of the Cold War. The announcement was the first sign of change in the traditional vigilance along the border and reflected the democratic change sweeping the East Bloc. In all, the Americans are responsible for a 630-mile stretch of the border, Staff Sgt. Elayne Venema said. Several hundred of the 250,000 U.S.
February 13, 1985 |
East Germany has sent more attack dogs to its mined and fenced border with West Germany to stop people trying to reach the West, the Bonn government said Tuesday. The nearly 1,300 dogs appear to be the replacement for nearly 60,000 automatic shrapnel-firing weapons that were dismantled last year by the East Germans, the Interior Ministry said in its annual report on West Germany's borders. There were 235 more dogs on the East German border in 1984 than in 1983, the report said.
March 3, 1990 |
West Germany on Friday linked the thorny issue of guaranteeing Poland's western borders with war reparations that Warsaw may demand from a reunified Germany. Euphoria over the prospect of a reunified Germany has abated amid squabbling over borders. Poland was awarded large parts of prewar Germany by the victorious World War II allies.
March 1, 1989 |
Faced with a public outcry, West Germany is about to tighten up the liberal asylum law that has attracted refugees from as near as Czechoslovakia and as far away as Sri Lanka. More than 27,600 asylum-seekers arrived last year at the Schwalbach camp just outside Frankfurt, roughly one-quarter of the nationwide total.
February 17, 1989 |
President Bush, in his first public comment on a Central American peace initiative that he admitted took him by surprise, promised Thursday that the United States would not abandon Nicaragua's Contras or "leave them twisting out there" in the face of a plan to disarm them and close their bases. Talking to a small group of reporters in the Oval Office, Bush pledged to continue some form of "humanitarian" assistance to the Contras after the current $27-million aid package expires March 31.
May 24, 1990 |
At a crucial two-day meeting here that ended Wednesday, defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization initiated steps to both fundamentally and permanently change the nature of the Western alliance in light of the new order emerging in Europe. The officials ordered a sweeping review of alliance military strategy, moving toward reconstituting NATO military forces as multinational units, sharply curtailed training and exercises and a relaxed alert status of front-line units.