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Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 15:41 GMT
Norway MP in war game gaffe
Norwegian MP plays computer game
Helleland was shown on national television
A Norwegian member of parliament has apologised for playing war games on his pocket computer while colleagues debated the possibility of real war in Iraq.

I realise it was very stupid of me, I will not do it again

Conservative MP Trond Helleland
The activities of Trond Helleland, an MP for the ruling Conservative Party, were captured on national television and made both Wednesday evening news bulletins and Thursday's newspapers.

Mr Helleland said he had been tempted to try out the new game, Metalion, as he checked his diary for appointments.

"I realise it was very stupid of me," he told Reuters news agency. "I will not do it again."

'In a bad light'

The chamber had been debating defence issues, including Norwegian participation in coalition forces in Afghanistan and whether to join in any US-led military action against Iraq.

"A member of parliament sitting and playing war-games in the meeting hall when such serious questions as war and peace are being discussed puts us all in a bad light," opposition Labour member Marit Nybakk told Verdens Gang newspaper.

Metalion is a game set in space in which players shoot laser cannons at drones.

Mr Helleland played the game for about seven minutes in full view of TV cameras which had zoomed on him from behind.

He said he had turned off the computer's sound as he played.

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