WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today co-sponsored a resolution expressing sympathy to the people of Poland over the death of president, Lech Kaczynski, and 95 others who were killed in a plane crash. Other co-sponsors include Senators Richard Durbin (DIL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), George Voinovich (R-OH), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced a similar resolution in the House.
“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Poland during this tragic time,” said Senator Cardin. “President Kaczynski was a friend of the United States and a tireless advocate for freedom and human rights, including remembering the history of Polish Jews. Our nation stands with the people of Poland, who have long stood by us, in this most painful moment.”
President Kaczynski’s plane crashed on Saturday while traveling to Katyn, Russia for a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the killing of more than 20,000 Polish officers, prisoners and intellectuals during the Second World War. Dozens of members of Parliament, Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister, the Chiefs of Poland’s Army and Navy and the president of the national bank were also killed in the disaster.
The resolution expresses the Senate’s “deepest sympathies to the people of Poland and the families of those who perished for their profound loss; strong and continued solidarity with the people of Poland; and unwavering support for the Polish government as it works to overcome the loss of many key public officials.”