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Senate to commemorate 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth

7 February 2011

Prague, Feb 6 (CTK) - The Czech Senate will commemorate next week the late U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who was born 100 years ago Sunday, as a statesman of freedom, CTK has learnt.

The conference to be staged by Senate first deputy chairman Premysl Sobotka (Civic Democrats, ODS) together with the Civic Institute, will point to Reagan's role in removing the Iron Curtain, terminating the Cold War between the East and West, and disintegrating the communist empire.

Speeches at the conference will be made by Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS), U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen, former Czech consul in the United States Daniel Kumermann, and other personalities.

Reagan, former Hollywood actor and governor of California, became U.S. president 30 years ago. He contributed to the fall of the communist regimes in eastern Europe.

Reagan reached agreement with then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on a treaty liquidating medium- and short-range nuclear missiles.

Reagan was decorated with a number of awards for his effort, including the Order of the White Lion that then Czech president Vaclav Havel bestowed on him for his exceptional contribution to the fall of the communist rule in Central and East Europe in 1999.

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