By Humphrey Carter

THE Central Government Delegate to the Balearics, Ramon Socias, said yesterday that the Balearics will be fully covered by a new nautical radar detection system by the middle of next year.

The so-called SIVE integral vigilance system network will compromise of seven state-of-the-art radar detection units which over the past year have been strategically located in parts of the Balearics as part of the national and European war on illegal immigration as well as drugs and people trafficking.

Socias explained yesterday that the complicated installation of the radar on the Cabrera Natural Park has caused delays in the overall project and a location in Cala Figuera has yet to be confirmed.

The central government representative said that the radar are being provided by the Secretary of State for Security and will significantly tighten control of nautical traffic and movement off the south coast of the Balearics.

Over the past year there has been an overall decline in the number of illegal immigrants trying to sail across from various parts of North and West Africa to Spain but the radar network is part of a European Union wide bid to get a grip on illegal immigration.

The nautical detection curtain is also going to be used to monitor the movement of suspected drug dealers.


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