Ambassador Lee Feinstein bows his head during a vigil prior to the funeral mass of Polish Deputy Minister of Defense Stanislaw Komorowski in the Military Field Cathedral April 16, 2010. (U.S. Embassy photo by Capt. John Ross)

Ambassador Feinstein attended the funeral of Deputy Defense Minister Stanislaw Komorowski in Warsaw today, accompanied by Kurt Amend, Senior Advisor on Security Negotiations and Agreements at the U.S. Department of State, Colonel Tim Burke, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation, and Colonel Mary Peterson, Air Attaché. Speaking about Komorowski, Ambassador Feinstein said, “Minister Komorowski was our invaluable partner on bilateral defense issues of vital importance to both countries, including Missile Defense and the upcoming rotation of Patriot Missiles in Poland. With Minister Komorowski seated across the table from our negotiators during U.S.-Polish talks on a Status of Forces Agreement, we knew we would come up with an agreement that met both sides’ needs, and we did. His energy, his leadership and his mastery of security issues will be sorely missed by his American colleagues at the United States Departments of State and Defense. America mourns a true friend.”

American officials and Americans around the world are expressing their condolences to Poland. After his phone call with Prime Minister Donald Tusk, President Barack Obama said, “President Kaczynski was a distinguished statesman who played a key role in the Solidarity movement, and he was widely admired in the United States as a leader dedicated to advancing freedom and human dignity … Today, there are heavy hearts across America.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton phoned Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, and commented “Lost alongside President Kaczynski and his wife were Polish leaders from across the political spectrum, men and women who shaped and sped Poland’s post-1989 democratic transformation and were leading Poland into its promising future … The United States stands with the Polish people in this difficult hour.” On the afternoon of April 10, Ambassador Lee Feinstein laid a wreath at the Presidential Palace and personally delivered his condolences to the Presidential Chancellery. Referring to the victims of today’s tragedy, Ambassador Feinstein said, “Their inspirational leadership and the memory of their courageous sacrifice shine as an example for future generations of Poles, Americans, and friends of democracy around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones at this tragic and painful time.”

Statement by President Obama

Statement by Secretary Clinton

Statement by Ambassador Feinstein

Statement by Secretary of Defense Gates

Statement by the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Statement by General David Petraeus, Commander U.S. Army

Statement by Admiral James Stavridis Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Statement by Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, now Chairman, National Democratic Institute

Statement by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum