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EU leaders hail D-Day as turning point in European history.

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The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy *****

BRUSSELS, June 6 (KUNA) -- EU leaders Friday paid tribute to thousands of Allied soldiers who lost their lives at the Normandy beach in France which marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War and led to the liberation of Europe from German Nazi occupation.

The 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings known in Europe as the D-Day, on June 6, 1944, is being marked today.

"D-day marked a turning point in the history of modern Europe and its journey towards peace and freedom," said the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, in a statement.

"In paying tribute to the extraordinary courage of Allied troops who fought on the Normandy beaches and beyond to free our continent, Europeans reaffirm also a founding principle of our Union: that never again shall we allow peace to be put at risk on our lands," he added.

On his part, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said "today, we commemorate a remarkable event which was the beginning of the end of a tragic World War." "Seventy years ago, the Western Allied armada launched an offensive that helped lead to the defeat of the Third Reich and liberate Europe from horrifying Nazi occupation. This extraordinarily detailed planned military assault went down in history," said Schulz a German politician.

"On this day, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom. Those gruesome events remind us that peace can never be taken for granted. Today, there are parts of Europe where peace is being threatened and deliberately undermined," he added. (end) nk.ma

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