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31. 1. 2015 23:43

Condolences of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Richard von Weizsäcker

Her Excellency
Ms Angela Merkel
Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany


Prague, 31 January 2015

Your Excellency,
Dear Madam Chancellor,

It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the decease of former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Richard von Weizsäcker, who was without any doubt one of the most significant figures of German politics during the last decades. His demise is a great loss for Germany and whole Europe.

Richard von Weizsäcker had been a strong authority already before being elected into the office of the Federal President. His belief in democratic values and international peace remains as legacy and inspiration which is appealing especially in these days.

Citizens of the Czech Republic will remember Richard von Weizsäcker not only as the President of German reunification, but also as the counterpart of President Václav Havel, with whom he laid foundations for development of friendly neighbourhood cooperation between our countries and for today’s excellent Czech-German relations.

Dear Madam Chancellor, on this sad day, please accept my deepest condolences on behalf of myself as well as the Government of the Czech Republic. Please pass my sympathies also to the family of Mr Weizsäcker.

Bohuslav Sobotka
Prime Minister of the Czech Repubic

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