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Wednesday, September 30, 1998 Published at 09:26 GMT 10:26 UK


World: Europe

Havel says acceptance of Munich was mistake


On the sixtieth anniversary of the Munich agreement which gave the Sudetenland region of the then Czechoslovakia to Germany, the Czech president, Vaclav Havel has said the country should have resisted the German annexation.

In an interview on Czech television on Tuesday evening, Mr Havel said that -- while the modern era should not sit in judgment -- the decision by the thenCzechoslovak president, Edvard Benes to accept the Munich agreement was a fatal mistake; and, Mr Havel said, we all still feel the consequences of the capitulation.

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