Finnish leaders send condolences on Polish President's death

11:02, April 11, 2010      

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Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen sent condolences on the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in Smolensk in Russia on Saturday.

President Halonen and Prime Minister Vanhanen said they were astonished and profoundly saddened by the news of the tragic flight accident, which caused loss of lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his spouse, and many other distinguished representatives of the Polish society.

President Halonen extended her deep condolences on behalf of the people of Finland and on her own behalf to the families of the victims and the people of Poland who lost in the accident not only their Head of State and his close ones but also many political leaders and high officials.

On behalf of the Government of Finland, Prime Minister Vanhanen expressed his most sincere condolences to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and to the families of the victims and to the people of Poland deeply touched by the tragedy.

Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb also contacted his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski and expressed his condolences.

A chartered plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed near the Smolensk airport in western Russia Saturday, killing all 97 people on board.



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