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Tbilisi To Name Street After Late Polish President

Lech Kaczynski

Lech Kaczynski

TBILISI -- A Tbilisi official has announced that the city is renaming a street in honor of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.

Zaal Samadashvili, the Tbilisi City Council chairman, said on April 27 that the current Black Sea Street in the capital's Avlabari district will be renamed after Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia on April 10 with dozens of Polish politicians and other officials.

"We should not forget the actions the late president took for Georgia," Samadashvili said. "By naming one of the streets in Tbilisi after Kaczynski, we want to commemorate and express our respect for him."

Kaczynski was one of a small group of Central Europe leaders who flew to Tbilisi in a show of support for Georgia immediately after the August 2008 Russian-Georgian military conflict in South Ossetia.