The Interior Ministry asked for funds to buy satellite phone equipment for Slovakia‘s official government plane after Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said it was necessary to do something enabling communication from the airplane with constitutional officials on the ground. The Prime Minister made the demand after having been cut off from what was happening in New York and Washington during his September 11 flight to Canada where he was to pay a three-day official visit. He first learned about the US terrorist attacks in Iceland where his government plane landed for refueling. Not until he landed in Ottawa, however, was be able to establish contact with the Slovak government and the Slovak ambassador to the US, who had been trying unsuccessfully to contact the Prime Minister while he was still in the air.
15. Sep 2001 at 14:24 | Compiled by Tom Nicholson from the SITA news agency