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Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, and Michael Bloomberg,
Mayor of the City of New York also offered their thanks, via video-message,
on behalf of the American people and the people of New York City.
Bill Clinton, former US President, speaking in Kiev via video message
Bill Clinton remarked, 'The outpouring of support shown by Ukrainians,
everywhere, has been particularly meaningful to us. You have had your own
experience recovering from the impact of a global catastrophe -- Chernobyl.
During my administration, we were committed to building ties between our
two countries. Now, more than ever we share a unique understanding of the
frailty of our common humanity. This has brought our countries closer than
ever before. My thanks to President Kuchma and the people of Ukraine, for
offering tonight's remembrance. Let this concert be a celebration of
the unbreakable human spirit we share and of the goodwill that binds us.'
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, speaking in Kiev via video message
Bloomberg said, 'New York and the world shared an unprecedented tragedy
on September 11th. We are forever bound by images of the terrorist attacks
that took so many innocent lives that day. But we are also connected by
our common admiration for the incredible acts of courage and kindness that
followed. The good will of people from everywhere sustains us as we rebuild
our City and repair our spirits. And tonight's requiem concert in memory
of the events of September 11th is another powerful testament to our renewed
sense of international solidarity. What better way to express this than
through our common language -- music.'
Copyright © 19 September 2002
Galina Aleykina, Kiev, Ukraine