The Czech Foreign Ministry is laying off 250 employees and may be forced to close down more embassies in order to meet the government’s cost-cutting measures in 2010, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said at a meeting with Czech ambassadors in Prague on Monday. The government recently approved plans to close down the country’s embassies in Congo, Venezuela, Kenya, Yemen and Costa Rica. A decision on whether more embassies will need to be closed should be made by mid-September.
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