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Polish Foreign Minister hopes for settlement of historic dispute with Ukraine

The minister hopes that the dispute will be resolved at the meeting of vice-premiers of Poland and Ukraine next week
17:35, 10 February 2018

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Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz expressed the hope that the historic dispute with Ukraine would be resolved. This he said after a meeting with the head of Estonian diplomacy in Warsaw, reports "Polish Radio".

He mentioned an amendment to the law on the National Memory Institute, which caused criticism both in Israel and Ukraine, as well as the ban on exhumation, which was to be held by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance.

The Foreign Minister hopes that the dispute will be resolved at the meeting of vice-premiers of Poland and Ukraine, which is to be held next week.

"I hope that this meeting will be held, at least we got confirmation, we planned a discussion on the historical relations between our countries, we also intend to obtain permission from the Ukrainian authorities to conduct exhumation work," the minister said.

We recall, on February 6, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed amendments to the law on the Polish National Memory Institute, providing for criminal liability for denying the Volyn tragedy, promoting "Bandera ideology," as well as public accusations against Poland of crimes committed during the Holocaust, war crimes or crimes against humanity. For the use of the phrase "Polish death camp" in describing the concentration camps that existed in the territory of occupied Poland, any citizen of the country, as well as a foreigner, may be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for up to three years.

The law caused sharp criticism from Ukraine, Israel and the United States.

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