Exhibit Mourns Polish President’s Death


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A photo exhibition has opened in Georgia to remember the late Polish President. The event is a part of remembrance ceremonies to pay respect to the political leader during these days of mourning.

A photo exhibition visiting Georgia that is dedicated to Polish President Lech Kaczynski is hoped to ease the pain.

For the Georgian people and their government, Kaczynski and his country were allies, helping Georgia's integration into the European community and NATO.

Kaczynski was one of the first world leaders to arrive in Georgia to support the country and its President, Mikheil Saakashvili.

He came after Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and an assault from Georgian military on the breakaway pro-Russian territory of South Ossetia.

Georgians mourn the Polish president together with the Polish people.

Georgia's Parliamentary Speaker, David Bakradze, tells invited guests that opening the exhibit is no simple task.

[David Bakradze, Georgian Parliamentary Speaker]: (Male, Georgian)
"It is a very hard task to open the exhibition, which is dedicated to the memory of Polish President Lech Kaczynski."

About 30 photos taken during Kaczynski's visits are exhibited in a hall of the recently opened Europe House in central Tbilisi.

[David Bakradze, Georgian Parliamentary Speaker]: (Male, Georgian)
"By doing this exhibition today we are making a very, very small step in commemorating his memory and expressing how grateful we are and how big our pain is, because we lost a great friend, we lost a great person and Poland lost a great leader. So, this is just a small gesture of commemorating our great friend."

The exhibition will be open to the public during the week.

Thousands of Georgians are expected to visit to pay tribute to the Polish President and other victims killed in a plane crash in Russia on Saturday.

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