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S.Korea resists pressure to cancel live-fire drill

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 8:27 am

 South Korea Sunday resisted pressure from Russia and China to cancel a live-fire exercise on a frontier island bombarded by North Korea last month.

The North has threatened “disaster” if the South stages the drill on Yeonpyeong Island near the disputed Yellow Sea border, where four people were killed in November.

“We have no plan to cancel our exercise,” a South Korean defence ministry spokesman told AFP, adding the one-day drill may take place on Monday or Tuesday.

The sun rises over South Korean Navy Movement Sea Base (MSB) off the South Korea-controlled island of Yeonpyeong near the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea, on December 19

The flare-up, coming in the wake of nuclear-armed North Korea revealing a uranium enrichment programme, has sparked alarm around the world.

On Sunday, a South Korean military aircraft was flying over Yeonpyeong, with marines on patrol near their seaside barracks.

The foreign ministers of China and Russia held telephone talks Saturday and called for restraint on the Korean peninsula as the UN Security Council prepared to hold talks over the situation.

“China firmly opposes any actions to cause tension and worsen the situation, and demands both sides on the peninsula show calmness and restraint,” Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said.

The Koreas must “carry out dialogue and contact, and completely avoid any actions that would fuel the tension,” Yang said.

China, North Korea’s sole major ally, has refrained from condemning Pyongyang over the bombardment despite calls for it to use its influence to intervene in the crisis.

The UN Security Council called a meeting for Sunday. Russia expressed anger that it was not organised earlier.

“We regret that. We believe that such a step by the president is a departure from the practice existing in the council,” Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.

The United States rejected criticism of the arrangements for the meeting.

“This meets other Security Council members’ requests to have time to consult with their capitals and meets the Russian request for a timely meeting,” said US mission spokesman Mark Kornblau.

The UN Security Council has yet to make any statement over North Korea’s artillery attack last month, which left two marines and two civilians dead and damaged dozens of homes.

China has blocked demands for a strongly worded statement against Pyongyang and talks over a text are now in deadlock.

The first shelling of civilian areas since the 1950-53 war sparked outrage in the South, which rushed more troops and guns to frontline islands.

North Korea Saturday predicted “disaster” if South Korea goes ahead with the artillery exercise.

A foreign ministry statement accused US troops — some 20 of whom who will take part in the drill — of providing a “human shield” for the event.

The North said the exercise “would make it impossible to prevent the situation on the Korean peninsula from exploding and escape its ensuing disaster”.

It said its military has already threatened “decisive and merciless punishment” for such an action and “does not make an empty talk”.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley on Friday defended the South’s right to hold the drill in the face of North Korea’s “ongoing provocations”.

He said Washington trusts that the South “will be very cautious in terms of what it does”.

US politician Bill Richardson, who is visiting Pyongyang, described the situation as a “tinderbox”.

Richardson, a veteran troubleshooter who has previous experience with the North, said he urged Pyongyang officials to let the South go ahead with the drill.

“I’m urging them extreme restraint,” the New Mexico governor told CNN, saying he was “very, very strong with foreign ministry officials” during a dinner on Friday.

Source: SGGP

Heavy downpours force VN to cancel flights

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Vietnam Airlines cancelled 30 flights to and from Vinh and Chu Lai airports from October 15-18 due to heavy downpours occurred in north central provinces, said a representative from Vietnam Airlines.

To ensure safety for passengers, Vietnam airlines cancelled 28 flights to and from Vinh City and two flights to and from Quang Nam Province.

Vietnam Airlines on October 18 carried out two flights from Vinh airport to Ho Chi Minh City to reduce affected passengers.

It also expects to increase more four flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh and Hanoi – Vinh, not  including six daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh and two flights between Hanoi – Vinh as usual.

Passengers should update information on website: and mass media channels or contact to Vietnam Airlines’ agencies.

Source: SGGP

Poland buries president as world leaders cancel

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

 Around 150,000 grieving Poles thronged Krakow Sunday as President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were buried beside ancient kings, but Europe’s air travel chaos kept many world leaders away.

US President Barack Obama and dozens of other dignitaries failed to come to the elaborate state funeral because of a cloud of volcanic ash covering the region but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived to show solidarity.

Medvedev called for the two nations, at loggerheads for decades, to unite in sorrow after the April 10 plane crash in Russia that killed the couple and 94 others, most of them figures from Poland‘s military and political elite.

Interactive graphic on the political system in Poland after the plane crash in Russia which killed President Lech Kaczynski and many of the country’s political and military elite as well as the central bank governor.

Tearful mourners applauded Kaczynski and his wife Maria, tossed flowers and waved red and white flags as the cortege weaved through the narrow streets of Poland’s former royal capital, after their bodies were flown from Warsaw.

Sirens wailed to mark the start of the funeral mass at the Basilica of Our Lady in Krakow’s central square. Huge crowds gathered outside the Gothic church to see the service relayed live on giant screens.

The couple’s coffins were afterwards borne on military gun carriages to Krakow’s Wawel castle, where they were lowered into an amber-coloured sarcophagus in the cathedral crypt alongside Poland’s past monarchs, saints and poets.

The Archbishop of Krakow, Stanislaw Dziwisz, thanked the foreign leaders who came to the service and said he hoped the crash would help end tensions between Russia and Poland, its former client state during the communist era.

“The empathy and help that we experienced during these days from our Russian brothers raises hope for rapprochement and reconciliation,” he said. “These words I direct to Mister President of Russia.”

Kaczynski’s Tupolev Tu-154 jet slammed into a forest near Smolensk in western Russia while heading for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet forces in the Katyn forest.

“Tragedies can spark difficult emotions, but often they draw people closer and I think this is necessary between the people of our country and the Poles,” Medvedev said in a televised addresss after the funeral.

Kaczynski’s nationalist, conservative policies were divisive at home and abroad but his death and those of the others in the crash sparked an outpouring of grief not seen since Polish-born Pope John Paul died in 2005.

“It’s an exceptional moment. Poles have to be here,” said Maria Kurowska, mayor of the town of Jaslo, who was in the crowd.

Mourners cried out “Thank you” as the coffins were borne past them on their way to Wawel. The couple are buried next to Poland’s revered independence leader, Jozef Pilsudski.

But a shadow was cast over the funeral by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano this week that has brought European air travel to a virtual halt.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Britain’s Prince Charles and South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan were among dozens of dignitaries who cancelled.

The leaders of many countries close to Poland, including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, arrived in Krakow by road and rail instead.

Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus slammed EU officials for failing to come, saying that “grand phrases about European unity are really nothing but cliches.”

Poles lining the streets of Krakow said the foreign no-shows did not detract from the solemnity of the day.

“It looks like a higher power is at work but nothing is keeping us away,” said Anna Zajac, 28, who came with her husband and two children from a suburb of Krakow.

Source: SGGP

World leaders cancel as Poles mass for funeral

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Late Polish president Lech Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski (L), and daughter Marta attend a funeral mass at the St.John Cathedral in Warsaw on Saturday. AFP photo

KRAKOW, Poland (AFP) – Up to a million Poles were expected to fill the streets of Krakow Sunday for the funeral of president Lech Kaczynski, even as travel problems kept many international leaders away.

Poles were flocking to the historic city ahead of the ceremony, though US President Barack Obama and others were forced to abandon plans to attend because of the air travel chaos caused by ash from an Icelandic volcano.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Britain’s Prince Charles and South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan also announced overnight that they could not be able to attend for the same reason.

Sunday’s burial of Kaczynski and his wife will be the climax of an outpouring of grief since they and 94 other mostly senior figures died in an air crash in Russia on April 10.

Kaczynski, an often divisive nationalist in life, and his spouse Maria will be laid to rest in the cathedral crypt of Krakow’s hilltop Wawel castle where Poland’s past kings and national heroes already lie.

Krakow city spokesman Filip Szatanik told AFP it would be “one of the largest, if not the largest single event the city has seen over the last couple hundred years.”

The crash claimed the lives of much of Poland’s elite, including the country’s military chief, the heads of all three armed forces, the governor of the central bank and iconic opponents of Poland’s communist-era regime.

Kaczynski’s Tupolev Tu-154 jet slammed into a forest near Smolensk in western Russia.

Sunday’s funeral comes a day after more than 100,000 mourners, many waving red and white Polish flags, massed in Warsaw’s main Pilsudski square for an emotional public memorial service for all the victims of the crash.

Many of the more than 70 foreign dignitaries set to attend the funeral on Sunday had to cancel to avoid the disruption to air traffic caused by a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano.

Leaders of countries close to Poland, including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, took to the roads and railways to get to Krakow in time.

But Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Turkish President Abdullah Gul were among others who cancelled their trips.

Obama sent his regrets in a White House statement, adding that “Michelle and I continue to have the Polish people in our thoughts and prayers, and will support them in any way I can as they recover from this terrible tragedy.”

There will first be a mass at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT) in Krakow’s Basilica of Our Lady. Only family, friends and Polish and foreign leaders will be allowed in but ordinary mourners will be able to watch on big screens.

The coffins will then be taken on gun carriages to Wawel cathedral for a funeral service and a 21 gun artillery salute.

Mourners were already preparing in Krakow over the weekend.

Source: SGGP

Iceland volcano forces VN to cancel flights

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Iceland volcano forces VN to cancel flights

QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines has cancelled flights to and from Europe due to ash from a volcano in Iceland that has forced the temporary shut-down of two major international airports in France and Germany.

The closure of the airports–Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt–prompted the national flag carrier to cancel four flights on April 16 on the routes Paris-Ho Chi Minh City, Frankfurt-Hanoi, HCM City-Frankfurt and Hanoi-Paris, Le Hoang Dung, Vietnam Airlines spokesman, said.

Two other flights scheduled for April 17–Frankfurt to Ho Chi Minh City and Paris to Hanoi –will also be cancelled.

The airline will continue announcing timetable information for the upcoming regular and additional flights from Hanoi and HCM City to Europe.

For the latest information, passengers may visit or dial 04 38320320, 08 38320320 and 0511 3811111 in Vietnam or +31 676779875 in France or +49 15116119824 in Germany.

Source: VietNamNet/VNA


Source: QDND