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Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, on the death of Václav Havel

In Václav Havel we have lost a man who restored dignity to the Czech nation, a man who played a key role in winning freedom for our country in 1989.

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He was the most famous Czech, recognized all over the world. Unfortunately, he was more welcome and revered abroad than at home. Though a modest and shy man, he stood his ground when meeting and dealing with the world´s most powerful people. I only hope that at least now we will realize what a man we had in our fellow citizen, and will look up to him as an example.

Karel Schwarzenberg