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Hungary declares national mourning for death of Polish president

English.news.cn   2010-04-11 21:59:46 FeedbackPrintRSS

BUDAPEST, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai on Sunday declared a national mourning day for Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash Saturday in Russia, on the day his funeral is held.

Bajnai made the announcement at the Polish embassy in Budapest, which he visited in a gesture of sympathy with the Polish people over the loss of their president.

Poland's loss was a loss of the entire world, Bajnai told the media.

Since Hungary and Poland are linked by many centuries of friendship, Hungarians feel a deeper sense of loss, he added.

The date of Kaczynski's funeral has not been set.

All 96 people aboard the plane, including Kaczynski, his wife Maria Kaczynska, central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer, were killed when the plane crashed in heavy fog near Smolensk in western Russia.

They were on a mission to Katyn, a place near Smolensk, to mark the 70th anniversary of the killings there of more than 20,000 Poles by Soviet secret police during World War II.

Editor: Han Jingjing
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