Deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on foreign Affairs, former head of the Ukrainian foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk and the minority leader of the Senate of Poland, former Minister of national defense Bogdan Klich called on to honor the memory of the victims of conflicts and crimes and not to limit the freedom of research and statements on historical themes. Their joint statement published today on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament.
«With growing concern the deteriorating atmosphere in the dialogue between our States and peoples. Instead of decreasing, the tension increases each time. In the public debate to speak out all the more poignant wording, the laws are causing confusion and it is a fair protest, as the Polish and Ukrainian sides. The reason for this is not the present or the future, and the use of history, often tragic, for current political purposes,» – said Tarasyuk and Klich.
They noted that over the past quarter century Ukraine and Poland have proven their ability to overcome the historical problems.
It is emphasized that Poland was the first country to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991, have consistently supported the desire of Kiev to integrate with NATO and the EU.
«Poles and Ukrainians were United by the spirit of freedom and democracy during the Orange revolution in 2004 and the revolution of dignity in 2013-2014. During the still ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine the Polish society and the Polish government has consistently supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the necessity of the return of Crimea and Donbass and the preservation of sanctions against Russia. Both countries recognized each other as strategic partner, and Poland was a real advocate Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine», – said in a statement.
It is noted that the hostility between Poland and Ukraine wins Russia only.
The authors made recommendations that will help countries emerge from the current crisis: «the past should be remembered, victims of conflicts and crimes relies memory, respect and a decent burial. And it is the primary duty of the authorities of our countries. We must establish mutual relations on the principle: «we Forgive and ask forgiveness». As we called for John Paul II and in the past have made our churches, presidents, governments and parliaments. Studies and statements on the theme of the story should have absolute freedom, no one should be punished for expressing their views if they do not speak for incitement to violence and hatred.»
In October 2016, the Polish Sejm and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the joint Declaration of memory and solidarity, which was to put an end to historical disputes. Despite this, the historical issue remains a source of tension between countries.
In the summer of 2017, the Ukrainian side has denied the Polish in the search and exhumation of buried on the territory of Ukraine of poles.
November 2, 2017, then Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland and member of the party «law and justice» Witold Waszczykowski said Poland intends to start the procedure, which will not allow to enter the country Ukrainians demonstrating anti-Polish views.
January 26, 2018, the Polish Sejm voted for the amendment of the act on the Institute of national remembrance. On the night of 1 February, the document was approved by the Polish Senate. 6 February the President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed the initiative and sent it to the constitutional court to check whether it restricts freedom of speech and belief.
The law establishes criminal liability for the denial of the participation of Ukrainian nationalists and members of Ukrainian organizations who collaborated with the German Third Reich, crimes against the poles in the years 1925-1950.
On 19 February it became known that the opposition «Civic platform» has prepared amendments to the Polish law on the Institute of naramata.
In the parliaments of Ukraine and Poland urged to honor memory of victims of the conflict and not to limit the research and statements on historical topics 26.02.2018