G. A. Cerny
Saturday, October 16, 2004
  A minor error, pointed out and corrected:
Czech Republic never posed threat to Muslims
We are referring to "Security Council seat would be a blessing" by MF Mahamed (Letters, October 8).
The following reference is made in connection with the positive role the UN has played in world peace: (The UN) lead(ing) the ceasefire agreement in Bosnia that prevented the massacre of Muslims by the Czech Republic.
Representing an extremely peace-loving country, the Embassy of the Czech Republic would like to point out the following:
The Czech Republic has never been involved in any of the events in Bosnia and has never posed any threat to any group of Muslims. We therefore assume that the writer must have had a different country or nation in mind.

Rather than posing a threat to any other nation, the Czech Republic has often been the victim of aggression, for instance when it was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1939 and by Soviet Russia in 1948 and 1968.
Soviet rule was overthrown in 1989 under the leadership of our former president, Vaclav Havel, during the so-called Velvet Revolution. What distinguished this revolution from many other revolutions throughout the history of mankind, is the fact that not a single person was killed.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic objects to the picture of aggression painted by Mahamed, and would appreciate a correction or apology for what was hopefully nothing but an unfortunate mistake.

Miroslav Pisa
Counsellor: Embassy of the Czech Republic
Arcadia, Pretoria



I acknowledge the letter of Dr Jan Svoboda correcting my mistake of naming the Czech Republic as responsible for the massacre of Muslims in Bosnia.
I would therefore like to apologise to Svoboda and all other Czechs for my mistake and for any offense I might have caused.

MF Mahamed
Mayfair, Johannesburg
 
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