News release

N.S. Sympathies to U.S., Swiss Presidents

Following is the text of a letter sent this morning by Premier Russell MacLellan to U.S. President Bill Clinton, Swiss President Flavio Cotti, and the American ambassador to Canada, Gordon Giffin:

On behalf of the people and Government of Nova Scotia, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers and crew of Swissair Flight 111.

The hearts of Nova Scotians go out today to those citizens of your nation who lost loved ones last night. Please be assured that Nova Scotians will open our arms and our doors to those who must now travel to our province as a result of this tragedy.

Nova Scotians have been ready to assist since the moment we learned of this disaster. Last night, extraordinary search and rescue efforts were launched immediately following the crash. Indeed, as Premier of Nova Scotia, I am proud of the swift action of our emergency workers and volunteers.

We share the grief of so many in your nation, and stand ready to do whatever we can to comfort and assist those who suffered a personal loss.

In this time of sadness, please know that the thoughts and prayers of our entire province go out to the families of the passengers and crew who were lost in this tragedy.

Sincerely yours, Russell MacLellan

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ngr                    Sept. 3, 1998                    2:10 p.m.