UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: December 28, 300 AP.
President ill-informed of Dignanian retreat
President Okarvits' spokesman has been forced on the back foot by journalists seeking
details of the Utanian Peacekeepers' retreat in Dignania.
The Zartanian RNS has reported a full-scale retreat currently being performed by allied
troops, and morning papers in Utania have been full of the news service's report. Reporters
attempting to gain official comment this morning were disappointed as the Presidential
spokesman reported that "at this stage" General Gordain had not reported this news to the
Then, at midday, Utan Krysaror time, the President's lead spokesman, Robert Ojond, made
a statement based on a preliminary report from General Gordain. Short of detail, the spokesman
reported that the President had briefly been in contact with General Gordain, and that there
was confirmation of three deaths from one attack on a Peacekeeping Command centre in Sector
17, the newly formed Peacekeeping sector closest to the previously advancing frontline, now
being overrun by communist forces.
"It is apparent that there is chaos over there at this time, and that even General
Gordain is not fully abreast of the situation", said the spokesman. "We will obviously keep
you informed as details come to light."
As a consequence of the debacle, the President can expect headlines tomorrow from the
country's major newspapers declaring that "President knows nothing" said one journalist.
©UPA, 300 AP.
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