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In mourning with Poland

On the same site as the Katyn massacre, which witnessed in 1940 the deaths of many of the Polish elite, Poland is, once more, cruelly struck by a plane crash that caused the death of the president along with many of its political and military leaders. Three days after the notable gesture of Russia, present at the Katyn memorial ceremonies, which marked a willingness to look towards the future, the present combines with the past to further burden the weight of the memory. The history of Poland has often been tragic. Fate strikes again. But we know that the energy of her people always prevails. She will overcome this test because she is strong in her fervour, that the worldwide emotion is foremost European, at the height of this tragedy and of our solidarity. She can count on us. The Poles know that Poland is no longer alone.