Thursday, March 27, 2008

Romania warns against April Fool's pranks at NATO summit

BUCHAREST (AFP) — Romanian Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu warned Wednesday that his government will "hit hard" anyone who plays April Fool's jokes on the eve of a major NATO summit.

"It is my earnest advice to young people that they refrain from bad jokes on April Fool's Day," he told Realitatea TV.

"It has to be stressed that such an important event calls for tougher penalties" in the event of disruptions, he added, indicating that Romania could ill-afford hoax bomb threats aimed at the April 2-4 summit.

Bucharest is putting unprecedented security in place for the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that will bring together about 50 heads of state and government

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