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Poroshenko: Polish law banning “Bandera ideology” contradicts partnership principles

Source : 112 Ukraine

President of Ukraine calls the government of Poland to objectivity and dialogue
13:52, 1 February 2018

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko considers Polish law on banning "Bandera ideology" contradicting the principles of a bilateral strategic partnership and calls the Polish government to dialogue. This was reported by the president’s press office in Facebook.

"I am deeply concerned about the decision of the Polish parliament. Historical truth requires frank conversation and dialogue, not bans. The assessments in this decision are absolutely biased and totally unacceptable. First of all, we remember our common victories against totalitarian regimes. Not a single political decision can replace the historical truth. The adopted bill does not correspond to the proclaimed principles of strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland. I appeal to Poland for objectivity and dialogue. Only together we will win, "he wrote.

Related: Duda to carefully look into controversial law on National Memory Institute

As it was reported earlier On Friday, Jan. 26, the Sejm of Poland has adopted the amendment to the law on the Institute of National Memory, which bans the so-called “Bandera ideology.”

The Senate of Poland adopted a law on the National Memory Institute of Poland, which criminalizes the denial of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles. Polish Sejm on January 26 adopted the bill, providing criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.

The U.S. State Department urged Poland on Wednesday to re-evaluate the draft law on the Institute of National Memory. The bill has triggered a diplomatic spat between Israel and Warsaw’s conservative government since its initial approval in the lower house of parliament last week, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comparing it to an effort to change history.

Related: European Parliament launches procedure for sanctions against Poland

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