HomeMEDIA RESOURCES200328 May 2003, Prague - PRESS COMMUNIQUE ALGERIA
28 May 2003, Prague - PRESS COMMUNIQUE SPANISH PEACEKEEPERS TRAGEDY
PRAGUE, May 28 – The President of the NATO – Parliamentary Assembly, Congressman Doug Bereuter (Nebraska), expressed his profound sadness and shock on Wednesday at the death of 62 Spanish peacekeepers and 12 Ukrainian crew members after their plane crashed in Turkey.
“These men gave their lives in the pursuit of peace. My heartfelt sympathies go out to their families,” Bereuter said in a statement. The NATO – PA president, on behalf of the Assembly, also extended his condolences to both the Spanish and Ukrainian governments.
The Ukrainian Yak-42 was bringing the peacekeepers home from Afghanistan when it hit a mountain near the Black Sea resort of Trabzon when the pilot tried to land in heavy fog in order to refuel.
NATO takes over the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan this summer.