US congratulates Czechs and Slovaks on 20 years of democracy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, marking the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, on November 17 congratulated the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 20 years of democracy. Clinton reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to its "strong alliance as we work together to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century".

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, marking the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, on November 17 congratulated the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 20 years of democracy. Clinton reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to its "strong alliance as we work together to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century".

"Today we celebrate the vibrant democracies of the Czech Republic and Slovakia and salute those who worked to bring freedom to their land – the dissidents and activists who risked all they had to demand a free and better life, the mothers and fathers, workers and students who never lost faith that a system built on tyranny and oppression could and would be overcome. Thanks to their sacrifice, Tomáš Masaryk's vision of a democratic society thrives today in Middle Europe," she said.

Clinton noted that twenty years ago the people of Czechoslovakia continued the wave of freedom that began in the Polish shipyards, surged over the Berlin Wall, and ultimately liberated millions of people across Europe. She added that Americans prayed for the students in Prague who faced down an oppressive regime and propelled a dissident playwright (Václav Havel) from prison into the presidency. "We cheered for a nation that had grasped for liberty in the spring of 1968 and seen its dreams deferred for decades. And when democracy finally came, we welcomed new partners committed to building a free and unified Europe and a more peaceful and prosperous world," stated Clinton.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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