Vilnius, February 1st. President Valdas Adamkus of the Republic of Lithuania sent the telegrams to U. S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, expressing his condolences on the tragic death of the astronauts of the two nations.
“I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that cost lives of six U. S. astronauts and the Israeli space pioneer. In the past, I was witness to a series of successful missions by the space shuttle Columbia. Therefore its sudden loss was even more saddening. This tragedy has reminded us about the power and the fragility of modern technology,” the Lithuanian President said in his telegrams.
“In this difficult hour I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the families of the astronauts, as well as to the entire American nation. The people of Lithuania grieve for those lost in this tragic event, but they are also inspired by the words you, Mr. President, have delivered, namely, that the cause in which these seven brave men and women died will continue,” President Adamkus wrote in his telegram to U. S. President George W. Bush.
In the telegram to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Adamkus conveyed the most sincere condolences to the family of the first Israeli astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon.
Press Service of the President