25 June 2018What we have seen in Kyrzbek has been nothing short of an embarrassment. We call on both sides to go to the negotiation table and for Kyrzbek self-determination to be given. It is clear that the situation between the Government of Turkmenbaijan and Kyrzbek minorities is untenable. As a result, Australia will close its borders with Turkmenbaijan and will consider other actions at the European level including the petitioning for an embargo until the Government of Turkmenbaijan stops subjecting the Kyrzbek minority to stay in a country that they clearly do not want to be a part of. Instead, we call on a referendum on the future of the Kyrzbek region with a vote for Kyrzbeks only. This has gone on long enough, and the Government of Turkmenbaijan has to be better than this. The Australian federal government will have no choice but to impose sanctions and an embargo on movement between Australia and Turkmenbaijan if the situation does not improve. The Hon. Hillary Clinton, MPPrime Minister of the Federal Republic of Australia
[b]17 August 2015[/b]
[i]Palace of Westminster, London[/i]
The great scenes from the Commission debate faded away to a dreary London morning. Walking into the Palace of Westminster to meet with other members of the Parliamentary party was the Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham. Mr. Burnham gave at least the outward appearance of being approachable and earnestly a Labour man. Being the MP for Leigh, a solid Labour seat since 1922, he brought with him the support of the Manchester unions, which were traditionally much more moderate in tendencies than the London academic socialist class of Labour politician. His support along with the London socialist class of Jeremy Corbyn would be key to keeping the Labour Party in power. But one wouldn’t suspect that from Mr. Burnham, who cheerfully jaunted into Westminster that day, greeting the doorman with a pleasant smile before heading up to his office. He sat down and began working on the computer when he heard a knock on the door.
“Mr.Burnham,” a female voice said, stepping into the room. She was wearing a smart, functional suit a dark brown, skirt coming down to just above the knees, accented by a pink shirt. “The Cabinet Office wanted you to have this document, listing how your potential changes and addition of a National Care Service would work as implemented. They also handed me a different file.”
Andy looked confused. He wasn’t anticipating the second file. He looked at it. It was in a red HM Government folder. He opened it, and at the very top it read:
Potential Saharan Question and Teutonic Policies[/b]
“Did you know what as in here?” Andy asked his intern. “I mean, goodness, Michelle, what a way to kill a mood. I was doing so well, too.”
“Was it bad news, sir?” Michelle answered.
“…No, but a foreign policy question wasn’t exactly my idea of a Monday start. I take it the Prime Minister will want to see us at some point this week,” Andy answered. Michelle nodded in a slightly upset manner. “Alright, I bet he will want me to get there soon. When is the Commons going to debate the National Care Service…”
Andy began typing away at his computer in his modest Government office.
Palace of Whitehall[/i]
“No, no, no…a thousand times no,” said the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Jon Thompson. He and the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Nick Houghton, were going at it in the Ministry’s headquarters.
“Come off it,” Sir Houghton said angrily. “We have to prepare a strategy in the event the Prime Minister wants you to do both operations. You have to let the Civil Servants and Cabinet Office bridge the gap between the professional army and the civilian department.”
“But this is not even something the Secretary of State for Defence would even approve of…he is also just going to say no. The Cabinet haven’t even come to an agreement yet. I will not prepare until they pick a direction they want to go in,” Mr. Thompson grumbled. “Freezing the entire Ministry on something that might not happen is asinine and I will not tolerate that here.”
“We need to prepare so that when Parliament goes ahead with the operation, we aren’t ill-prepared,” Sir Houghton reasoned. The Permanent Secretary was intransigent though, and after several minutes of back and forth and name calling, the two stopped. The civil servants working in the Ministry of Defence were frozen as they could hear the two bellowing. Then there was nothing and the hall once again continued with activity.
“We’ll have to do something,” Sir Houghton replied, the two men now walking down the hallway to their respective offices. “I will be working on plans now for both events. Hopefully you will work out the coordination so that the Secretary has something to work with.”
The two men went about their business, still fuming.
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