ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- What began as a routine training exercise
almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss
soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.
According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers
wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality
early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.
A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.
''We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem,'' Daniel Reist told The Associated Press. Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the
incident. Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in
Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles
but no ammunition. ''It's not like they stormed over here with attack
helicopters or something,'' he said.
Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn't have an army.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Swiss Accidentally Invade Liechtenstein
From the NY Times...