UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: January 24, 301 AP.
President admits Dignania has killed three; will release military reports.
President Okarvits today promised to reveal the details of the deaths of three Utanian
soldiers while serving in Dignania, and admitted that he had concealed the deaths out of
"respect for the mourning families".
The three men were killed in two separate skirmishes with communist rebels "well
behind" the front lines, according to a Military Department spokesman. The three bodies of
Private James Layton, Lieutenant Roger Prince, and Corporal David Kaye have since been
returned to Utania for burial in the Rememberance Cemetary in Utan Krysaror opened by
provisional-President Hope last April.
However, confidential sources say that General Gordain considers the non-disclosure of
the deaths to the Utanian public a "slur on the names of these good men who died serving the
noblest objective of peace". Insiders claim that Gordain was "incensed". This implies that
President Okarvits may have concealed the deaths to keep public opinion in favour of the
peacekeeping operation until a truce was announced, according to Parliamentary Opposition MPs.
President Okarvits said the two skirmishes were the only two that had taken fatal
casualties, but up to twenty-three Utanian peacekeepers had been wounded in various duties in
Dignania. Most injuries were not the result of battles with enemy rebels. He said that one of
the battles was during the recent retreat of Allied forces during which rebels attempted to
"secure" positions behind the front line. They were unsuccessful. The President said that
details would be revealed later, but none of the declassified reports would disclose
©UPA, 301 AP.
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