06 January 2013

The proud tradition of international diplomacy

We've all been there: the Christmas office party that got a little out of hand, lots of booze, a few high jinks and some embarrassed, hungover faces the next day.

But few Christmas bashes will have matched up to the riotous affair thrown in the Honduran embassy in Bogota, which according to press reports resulted in the mission being ransacked and looted while diplomats cavorted with prostitutes. Someone even defecated in the ambassador's office. The Honduran daily El Heraldo splashed details of the party in a front page story titled 'Diplomatic scandal: prostitutes and drunkenness in Bogota'.

According to the paper, a personal aide to the ambassador organised the party which ended with the diplomatic mission's office in shambles, papers scattered and computers and telephones stolen.

The newspaper said there was evidence of an orgy in the building.

Ambassador Carlos Humberto Rodriguez was apparently not present at the party which was held a few days before Christmas.

- Sibylla Brodzinsky, Guardian, 5 January 2012.
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