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Those following, and hopefully participating in, the efforts to preserve the Vrouwekerk and Aalmarkt American Pilgrim sites in Leiden, Holland, will be interested in the following turn of events.

Received 21 October 2000 from Dr. Jeremy D. Bangs, Leiden American Pilgrim Foundation, Leiden, Holland:
"Regarding the Aalmarkt site, we've won! - to the extent that AHOLD has just sent me letters announcing their refusal to participate in the project if Pilgrim sites are threatened! Great news! Of course, the town itself has yet to change its attitude, but this may heavily influence them. The many letters and the UCC petition have been very important in this, which is half the fight here. I'm sending you copies of the two letters I got this evening.

"This development does not mean that we can relax about the Vrouwekerk; and how the town reacts to the Aalmarkt situation must be watched carefully. An alderman told me that they would just try to find other investors if AHOLD pulls out, and that means pressure still needs to be exerted on FORTIS and ABN/AMRO. But it is certainly an important shift in the scenery."

Onderw: Leiden Datum: 10/20/00 6:43:17 PM W. Europe Standard Time
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Dear Mr. Bangs, as promised please find information on AHOLD's position concerning the Pilgrim monuments in Leiden.

AHOLD has informed the Leiden government again today that it is not participating in the Leiden city center redevelopment project if it would jeopardize the Pilgrims monuments. In a meeting with city alderman Pechtold, (July 7) I expressed our belief that it should be possible to do the redeployment of the city center leaving the monuments intact. In a letter to Mr. Pechtold dated July 21, I confirmed our position. A copy of the letter was sent to you last week. As AHOLD wants to avoid misunderstanding about it's position on the Pilgrim monuments which we believe should stay intact, we plan to also inform the local Leiden media about it.

Onderw: AHOLD position concerning Pilgrim monuments in Leiden
Datum: 10/20/00 6:41:42 PM W. Europe Standard Time
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Dear Mr. Bangs, as promised please find per email AHOLD's position concerning the city center project in Leiden. As you have been informed AHOLD made clear to the Leiden city government on July 7 that it does not want a new store location in the center of Leiden if this would mean that Pilgrim monuments would have to be demolished. We believe it should be possible to do the center project while leaving the monuments intact. Today I repeated our position in a telephone conversation with a Leiden city official. As it seems there is growing interest and as I want to avoid misunderstandings we plan to contact next week the local Leiden newspaper for an article on AHOLD's position.

In the meantime, Hans Gobes. Sr.Vice President, AHOLD.

Those wishing to contact Fortis can write or e-mail to: Fortis Investors Inc. P.O. Box 64284 St. Paul, MN 55164 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For ABN/AMRO, write to: ABN AMRO Incorporated 208 South LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60604

For Leiden City Council: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.