Wednesday, February 13, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (February 13,2008) – Due to death of the U.S. congressman Tom Lantos, Bosnian Presidency Member Haris Silajdzic sent a letter of condolence to Lantos family and American people.Silajdzic stated that with death of Lantos Bosnia has lost a great and true friend.”During the aggression and genocide against Bosnia, he was the leading voice of conscience and reason for a more decisive reaction of the United States, for crimes to be stopped”, stated Silajdzic.

He also added that Lantos never tried to minimize the tragedy in Bosnia through diplomatic phrases and claimed several times that images from Bosnia remind him of “concentration camps Nazis built during the WWII and that civilized world stood aside in the early 40s because they did not know what was happening”.

"But now we know what is going on, and it is on our TV screens every night”, spoke Lantos who had bitter and personal experience with Nazi concentration camps and crimes.

"Bosnia always had and still has a number of friends all across the world, but Tom Lantos was without a doubt among the small circle of the righteous. I avail myself of this opportunity to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Congressman Lantos and to the American people",a member of the Bosnian Presidency Haris Silajdzic said.

U.S. Congressmen Tom Lantos was born in Hungary in 1928 and was the only Congressman in the U.S. history who survived Nazi concentration camp. He was saved thanked to help of diplomat Raoul Wallenberg and he dedicated all his life in fighting for human rights and democratic values.

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