May I ask all to rise and join me in a minute of silence. Thank you, please sit down.
Dear families of the victims,
Dear colleagues and friends, Excellencies
First, let me thank those who have traveled long distances to be here today with us. I've had the privilege of meeting some of you before, but this is the first time that we are all here together.
This is a solemn gathering, but I hope it can also be an opportunity for us to look forward.