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Czech Pavilion back on track

THE majority of operational problems at the Expo highlighted by the Commissioner General of the Czech Pavilion have been "swiftly resolved," he said.

Pavel Antonin Stehlik raised the matters with the Steering Committee of Expo 2010 on May 7 in an e-mail which was subsequently leaked this week on the Internet.

He complained about the inefficiency of repairs being done and the fact that only two of more than 30 expatriate staff at the pavilion could work for the duration of the Expo.

The rest would have to leave China due to visa issues, he said.

He added this meant "the Czech pavilion is going to be closed in May 2010. This is unacceptable."

The delivery of goods and repair issues also have been raised by other pavilions.

Stehlik described the e-mail as "an open, yet common form of communication."

He also pointed out this week there was "no danger of any operational problems whatsoever regarding the Czech Pavilion at Expo 2010 at this time." He added that the e-mail was written and sent on May 7 and the relevant issues had been answered two weeks ago.

His response confirms a statement from Hong Hao, Director General of the Bureau of World Expo Coordination, that the matters had been resolved.

Communication Manager of the Czech Participation, Jiri F. Potuznik, explained that the e-mail was an internal communication between participants and organizers through the Steering Committee, of which Stehlik is a member. He regretted that the security of communications had been broken.


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