News In Brief
Yugoslavian troops were accused of crossing into Albania, seizing a village, and setting fire to several houses before withdrawing. There was no word on casualties. Yugoslav government officials denied the incident, alleging instead that Albanian forces had invaded "Serb territory," where they encountered defenders. In Washington, White House and State Department spokesmen warned that any widening of the conflict by the Belgrade government "would have the most serious consequences."
Whether Yasser Arafat unilaterally proclaims statehood for Palestine will be decided April 27, his aides announced. The Palestinian Authority president returned to Gaza from a tour of Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, and other capitals, where he was frequently advised to wait rather than proceeding with a plan to declare statehood May 4, the date on which the interim period of autonomy fixed by the Oslo accord with Israel expires. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has vowed to annex much of the West Bank if unilateral statehood is declared.
Last weekend's successful test of a nuclear-capable missile by India "will increase the arms race" in South Asia, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in his first official reaction. But, speaking in Lahore, Sharif stopped short of saying whether Pakistan would match the test as it did last May when India exploded underground nuclear-test devices. The Pakistan government was under domestic pressure to launch its own test missile, with reports suggesting that could happen as soon as tomorrow.