It was with great sadness that I learnt of the loss of so many lives in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. This sudden and senseless loss of life has come as a terrible shock to the entire world.
During this period of mourning, I would like to reiterate my plea from the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. I called on everyone implicated in confrontation to act on the Olympic message of dialogue and peace; to have the courage to enter into direct personal dialogue in the spirit of mutual respect, good will and peace.
The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Movement are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic event.