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Statement of Minister Svoboda on the Death of Swedish Minister Anna Lindh

 

(11/9/2003)

I was deeply grieved to learn of the death of Swedish Minister Anna Lindh. We were friends and she was my closest colleague among the European Ministers of Foreign Affairs. I liked her for her openness, her good sense of humour and sincerity. I am really greatly depressed by the loss of her life and my thoughts are with her family and her two children. We had arranged a meeting for last Monday but agreed that with a view to the culminating campaign for Sweden to join the Monetary Union, we will meet next time and that "there will certainly be a good opportunity". Much to my regret we were both wrong.

The loss of Anna Lindh will be mourned also in our country. As a Minister of Foreign Affairs, she was always committed to the enlargement of the European Union and furthering the interests of small and medium-sized countries. She had a warm relation to the Czech Republic and loved Prague, and even spent in our country her honeymoon.


Cyril Svoboda, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

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