Polish President’s funeral not delayed by Icelandic volcano cloud

earthTomorrow’s funeral for Lech Kaczynski, Poland’s president who died in a plane crash last week, will go ahead as planned despite travel chaos.

Kaczynski’s family would rather push ahead with their plans on time and risk important world leaders not being able to attend the ceremony than delay the funeral.

Presidential Administration official Jacek Sasin said: ‘‘The scenario for changing the date of the first couple’s funeral, in any way, just does not currently exist. It is not being discussed. It is obvious the situation is changing. We have new information about the movement of the cloud coming in. But I would like all of you to take as a given that at this moment there is no discussion on moving the funeral date,” EuroNews reported.

The cloud of volcanic ash from southern Iceland continues to ground most flights in western and northern Europe today and it is by no means certain that restrictions will be lifted this weekend. Restrictions over the British Isles have been strengthened as the cloud gets thicker.

European leaders may arrive in Poland by road, but international leaders like the USA’s Barrack Obama will likely not be able to pay their last respects.

Photos of the eruption can be found here.

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