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Monday, 11 March 2019 - Strasbourg

3. Statements by the President
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The President expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the aeroplane crash on Sunday, 10 March 2019 involving a Boeing 737 carrying passengers between Addis Ababa and Nairobi.

He then mentioned the attack of 11 March 2004 at Madrid's Atocha train station, in which 192 people had been killed. He drew attention to the fact that 11 March had been chosen by the EU as the symbolic date for commemorating the victims of terrorism.

He made a statement to mark the five years that had passed since the annexation of Crimea by Russia, a move that had been repeatedly condemned by Parliament as a violation of international law. He reiterated that Parliament supported Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity.

To conclude, he mentioned the situation in Venezuela, in which certain areas had been deprived of electricity for several days, with serious repercussions for public health.

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