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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 9 March, 2003

Fyksian human shields set to protect Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Niekopenhaag native Mina Loudin is among a dozen of Fyksian human shields in Baghdad protesting a possible military strike. Loudin camps with 17 other human shields from around the world in a power plant, the place is one of five locations where foreign human shields are allowed to camp out. "Many [human shields] have left when they have discovered they are not allowed to camp at hospitals or schools," said Loudin. Full story...

Monday, 10 March, 2003

United States concerned about Iraqi diplomats in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say that officials of the United States have expressed their concern to Fyksland about the presence of Iraqi diplomats in Fyksland. The Ministry has emphasised that it observes the dictates of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristite Sjuukaa said that there had been no direct request to expel any Iraqi diplomats. Currently, an undisclosed number of Iraqi diplomats are in Fyksland on trade-related mission. Full story...

Tuesday, 11 March, 2003

Iraqi diplomats investigation "on-going"

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Following the United States' request to investigate activities concerning Iraqi diplomatic personnel around the world, the SMU has confirmed reports of such investigations have been on-going. According to the SMU's press release, Fyksland has previously expelled foreign diplomats for spying on refugees. Many refugees living in Fyksland were dissidents in their countries who left for political reasons. Full story...

Wednesday, 12 March, 2003

Fyksland "outraged" by Djindjic killing

BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) - World leaders across the globe have condemned the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in Belgrade. Fyksland's Foreign Ministry headed by Kristite Sjuukaa said Kaansä was "outraged" at the crime. "Those guilty must be brought to justice," it said in a written statement, adding that "this savage action will not destabilize Serb society at this difficult time in its history." Full story...

Thursday, 13 March, 2003

Fyksland won't participate in war without UN: Stotson

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland will not join in a war against Iraq that does not have new authorization from the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Jana Stotson announced Wednesday in a dramatic shift in policy. "If military action proceeds without a new resolution of the security council, Fyksland will not participate," Stotson said to loud applause in the Alžig. The announcement was Stotson's first clear statement that fresh UN approval is necessary rather than resolution 1441, passed last fall. Full story...

Friday, 14 March, 2003

Fyksland to host historic emergency summit

KAANSÄ (VKK) - U.S. President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar are preparing for an emergency summit on Iraq Sunday in Fyksland. The allies will discuss whether their new U.N. draft resolution on Iraq, facing a great deal of resistance among Security Council members, can still be salvaged, a senior U.S. Administration official told VKK. The three will be joined by Prime Minister Jana Stotson, who will only be hosting the summit and will not participate in the talks. Full story...

Pneumonia threat not immediate

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Following the issue of a global pneumonia alert by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory illness that killed one man and infected more than 50 hospital staff in Hong Kong and Vietnam, Fyksian health authorities are advising Kaansä International Airport to be on alert of passengers who have recently travelled to Southeast Asia. Known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the illness doesn't appear to respond to standard treatments, prompting the WHO to describe the infection as a "global threat." The Department of Health on Friday has ensured the public that the diesease has "no immediate threat" in Fyksland. Full story...

Saturday, 15 March, 2003

Stotson confirms Fyksland's position on Iraq

KAANSÄ (VKK) - On the eve of what is believed to be a historic trilateral summit between the U.S., the U.K. and Spain, Prime Minister Jana Stotson once again confirms Fyksland's position on Iraq, that Fyksland will not participate in any military action without a new resolution of the security council. Meanwhile, in light of a possible diplomatic awkwardness and embarassment looming over the summit because of the policy differences between Fyksland and the U.S., the Office of the Prime Minister refuses to comment whether Stotson will still attend tomorrow's summit. Full story...

Palace undecided over Asian visit

KAANSÄ (VKK) - In light of an increasing threat of the global spreading of atypical pneumonia, the Lękvogųn Palace has declined to comment about the plans for next month's official roayl visit to Southeast Asia. King Jaakot IV and Queen Sara have been scheduled for a two-week visit to Hong Kong and Taiwan in late April. "If the royal couple is to disembark on the journey, all precautions will be taken to ensure their health," said palace spokesperson Hilda Guune. Full story...

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