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Minister Schwarzenberg´s tribute to late Ambassador Holbrooke

(This article expired 12.12.2013.)

Upon receiving news of Ambassador Holbrooke´s passing away, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg sent the following message of condolence to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Your Excellency,

It is with great sadness and grief I have learned about the passing away of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke. Last night your country and the whole world lost one of the most brilliant diplomats.

The Czech Republic and I, personally, deeply appreciate Ambassador Holbrooke´s crucial contribution to bringing peace to the Balkans and elsewhere in the world. I also highly esteem a distinctive role, which he managed to play with characteristic courage, in his last mission to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sincerely yours,

Karel Schwarzenberg