Special Message from Europe Direct Leeds
All of us at Europe Direct Leeds would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the Polish community of Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas.
“I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the people of Poland and express our solidarity with you at this very difficult and sad time. In particular, I want to express my sympathies to the family and friends of those who died.”
“I express my deep condolences to Poland for the passing away of President Kaczynski, his wife and all those with them under such tragic circumstances on their way to mark the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Katyn massacres. I have worked very closely with President Kaczynski, in a spirit of loyalty, and I respected in him a very determined Polish patriot who at the same time was very committed to our European Union and to the values of freedom and solidarity. The European Commission joins me in this moment in the expression of sympathy and tribute.”
“This is an unimaginable catastrophe in Europe. Europe has encountered a great loss. Poland is living through an indescribable tragedy. Never before in Europe so many high ranking officials – elected by the people according to democratic principles – have died in a plane crash. They were on duty in the name of the citizens.
With great sorrow I have received the devastating news of the death of my friend and great Polish politician – the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski. We have worked together during tough times for Poland in the opposition in Solidarnosc and later in democratic Poland in my government.
With great pain I think of the Polish politicians, officials, crew and everyone else who was on board of that plane. They died in the service of their country on their way to commemorate the thousands of Polish officers killed in Katyn 70 years ago.
As a Pole I am bereaved in great sorrow and mourning, together with 38 million citizens of Poland.
As President of the European Parliament on behalf of all members of our Parliament I would like to express our condolences and words of sympathy to the families of the tragically killed. I express our support to all Polish citizens and the Polish authorities”.
“I am deeply upset by the news of the death of President Lech Kaczynski, his spouse and several senior Polish officials and representatives in a plane accident this morning. I knew President Kaczynski personally from several meetings in the European Council and in Warsaw and am saddened by his death. Poland lost a great patriot and head of state. His political commitment was to serve the Polish people.
This accident, which occurred while the Polish delegation was on its way to Russia for the commemoration of the Katyn tragedy, is a terrible loss for Poland. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the president and of the other victims, to Prime Minister Tusk and to the Polish people. I wish to convey to them the support of the European Union in these extremely painful circumstances.”