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The Passing of Former President of Lithuania Algirdas Brazauskas

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 28, 2010


I join President Obama in offering my sincere condolences on the passing of former President of Lithuania Algirdas Brazauskas. President Brazauskas led Lithuania through a period of remarkable change and transformation. He played a crucial role in the independence movement that liberated his country and inspired people all over the world.

As the first president of a free Lithuania, and later as prime minister, he worked to deliver on the promise of democracy. Under his leadership, Lithuania joined NATO and the European Union and developed a strong partnership with the United States. President Brazauskas was a champion for his nation and his people. Today our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all the people of Lithuania.


PRN: 2010/870


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