Central European leaders send condolences to Palestinians
Central European states sent condolences to Palestinians on the death this week of their long time leader, Yasser Arafat.
Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic said Palestinians have lost a significant leader and personality who devoted all his life to fighting for the identity of the Palestinian nation and for independence. Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda sent Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei a letter of condolence in which he wrote "the death of this significant leader of the Palestinian people means a huge loss for the Palestinians".
The Czech Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda also flew to Cairo for the funeral of the Palestinian leader. After the death was announced on Thursday, Mr Svoboda said that Yasser Arafat had played a big role in the history of Palestine and will be greatly missed by the Palestinian people. Slovakia and Slovenia also sent their Foreign Ministers to the funeral while vice chancellor Hubert Gorbach represented Austria.