PGMA offers condolences to Poland

April 13, 2010 10:05 pm 

MANILA, April 13 –President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has offered her sincerest condolences to the Republic of Poland, following the tragic death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash.

In a letter to Poland’s Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski dated April 11, President Arroyo said she was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the untimely death of Kaczynski, who Arroyo hailed as a “major force in modern Polish history”.

She also extended prayers and sympathies to the bereaved family of Kaczynski and expressed hope that this tragedy will strengthen the spirit and unity of the people of Poland.

Another letter of condolences with same date was also given to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Copies of the following letter of condolences were given to Philippine media in Washington DC, U.S.A. by Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr.:

April 11, 2010

Excellency Bronislaw Komorowski Acting President Republic of Poland

Excellency,

I am deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely deaths of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and many other Polish officials and citizens yesterday in a plane crash in Smolensk, Russia,

It is doubly tragic that this happened as they were on their way to commemorate the martyrdom of Polish soldiers during World War II.

On behalf of the Philippine Government and People, I would like to express our sincerest condolences to the Polish Government and People over this tragedy. President Kaczynski was a major force in modern Polish history, a leader in the Solidarity Movement that led to the overthrow of communism in Poland. His keen sense of nationalism was known and respected all over the world.

I also extend our prayers and sympathies to his twin brother, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and to their whole family during this very difficult time.

I remain confident that this tragedy will serve to strengthen your people’s spirit and unity as your people and nation work together to overcome this tragedy,

Accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO (PNA)

RMA/OPS/ssc

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