Schwarzenberg: Hájek’s comments on bin Laden a disgrace to the Czech Republic

The president’s deputy chief of staff Petr Hájek disgraced the Czech Republic with his comments on the death of Osama bin Laden, says Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. Mr Schwarzenberg released a statement to the press saying that Mr Hájek’s comments - that the life and death of the terrorist leader was a work of media fiction - insulted an ally and the head of an allied state, brought adverse attention and disgraced the good name of the Czech Republic. Speaking to the Czech Press Agency from a trip to Northern Africa, the foreign minister said he was not responding to diplomatic pressure from the United States for an apology, but was simply “pissed off”. President Klaus eventually distanced himself from the remarks, saying on Wednesday that they had not been thought through. Petr Hájek has frequently suggested that the attacks of September 11, 2001, were orchestrated by the United States itself.