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Ambassador Vallee Expresses U.S. Condolences in Response to Plane Crash

Bratislava, January 20, 2006

U.S. Ambassador Rodolphe Vallee issued the following statement today:

"On behalf of the U.S. government, the American people, and the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, I express our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash January 19. This event is particularly sad because those aboard the aircraft were returning home from a mission in the service of international peace. We recognize that this is a tremendous loss for the Slovak Armed Forces and the entire Slovak nation, and we offer our deepest sympathy."