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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks At Presentation of the Masaryk Death Mask and Hand, Lany Castle
Prague, Czech Republic, March 6, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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[Remarks as prepared for delivery; delivered in Czech]

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: President Havel, on behalf of the U.S. Government, I am pleased to return these precious artifacts to your keeping.

As you know, the U.S. Embassy in Prague guarded them at the request of a young Czech-American who sought to protect them during the last days of communist rule; and who viewed the United States correctly as a friend of the Czech people.

It has been a privilege for my country to have kept them safe; and it is an honor for me now to return them to the citizens of your country on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of President Masaryk's birth.

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