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Vacationing ex-ambassador reluctant to return from Canada

The Foreign Affairs Ministry suggests that Slovakia's ex-ambassador to Canada and ex-foreign minister Zdenka Kramplová should be home before Christmas. She was supposed to return on November 18 but failed to do so, and has been staying at the ambassadorial residence in Ottawa illegally, since she has not requested permission from her home ministry. Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan said he sent a telegram to Kramplová announcing she had been recalled her from her post, but "it was not enough for her, and she asked for additional documents that we finally got for her. If she is a realist, she will come back soon because if she does not do so, it will turn against her," Kukan explained.

The Toronto daily paper The National Post published a feature story on December 14 about the ex-ambassador, who "at first claimed the letter removing her from her position was not properly drafted. Then she complained that her school-age children would be disrupted if they had to return to Slovakia in mid-term. Now, rumors are circulating in Bratislava that she might seek asylum in Canada."

The Post wrote that Kukan has suggested she be billed 200,000 Slovak crowns (8,000 CAD) for air travel and use of the embassy residence since being recalled.

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