Slovakia’s government will, after consultation with President Ivan Gašparovič, soon decide on declaring a state of day of mourning on the day of Polish President Lech Kaczynski's funeral, Braňo Ondruš, director of the Government Office Press Department, told the TASR newswire on April 11.
Kaczynski perished along with his wife Maria Kaczynska and many Polish officials, historians and religious representatives on board a Tupolev-154 plane at an airport in Smolensk, Russia on Saturday morning, April 10. The tragedy claimed the lives of all 96 people on board.
The 88-member Polish official delegation was going to attend a commemorative event in the Katyn forest in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the mass slaughter of Polish military officials and intelligentsia by the Soviet NKVD public and secret police (a precursor of the KGB).
For more info about the crash, please read Slovakia mourning over Polish national tragedy .
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Apr 2010 at 14:00