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Friday, 24 November 2006

The pain over the loss sustained

In connection with the tragedy at the Halemba coalmine, the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, has been receiving messages of condolence from state leaders and ambassadors..

‘On behalf of France, I extend to you, Sir, my sincere condolences and ask you to convey my deep sympathies to the families of the victims of the disaster’, wrote the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac.

‘My thoughts are with the families of the victims… I wish them a lot of strength in this difficult time to come’, wrote the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Koehler.

In the message from the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, we read: ‘I had followed with tension the struggle of the rescue workers to save the lives of the buried miners, and was deeply moved to learn that this struggle had been in vain’.

‘In the face of this disaster, the people of Lithuania share the pain over the loss sustained with the people of Poland, whom we always hold close to our hearts’, wrote the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus.

To date, messages have also been received from: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, President of the Swiss Confederation, Mortiz Leuenberger, President of the Republic of Albania, Alfred Moisiu, President of the Republic of Croatia, Stipe Mesić, Japanese Ambassador to Poland Ryuichi Tanabe and from the Union of Polish Communities in Europe.
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