Strasbourg, 11 July 2006
It was with great shock and sadness that I learnt of the tragic air crash that happened on Sunday in Irkutsk. We are all aware that in those moments there were families and friends who lost their loved ones, and victims marked physically and psychologically for life - a tragedy for all.
It will be difficult for them to forget this 9th of July, but I am convinced that at moments like this the gesture of solidarity shown by your parliament is very much appreciated by all of them.
I would like to convey my personal condolences, as well as those of the Parliamentary Assembly, to your country, your parliament and most of all to the bereaved families.
In deepest sympathy,
René van der Linden