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Ukraine’s MFA announces meeting of Ukrainian-Polish Commission on history

The agenda of the meeting will include the problems of historical memorials, exhumations of victims, and amendments to the Polish law on the Institute of National Remembrance
12:08, 11 May 2018

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The intergovernmental Polish-Ukrainian Commission on History will hold a regular meeting in the near future. This was announced by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar, as Polish Radio reported.

According to the Foreign Ministry representative, the regular meeting of the Polish-Ukrainian commission is being prepared now. The mission of the meeting will be to seek dialogue on historical differences.

Bodnar said that the problems of historical memorials, exhumation of victims, as well as issues related to the introduction of changes to the Polish law on the Institute of National Remembrance, will become the main topics of the meeting.

Warsaw demands the permission to exhume victims and build memorials on the grounds where the Poles have died, in particular Polish soldiers who died on the territory of modern Ukraine in 1939, as well as legionnaires buried near the village of Kostyukhnivka in Volyn region.

Related: Polish MFA: Warsaw doesn't want to choose heroes for Ukraine

As we reported Polish leader Andrzej Duda has signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland. They stipulate criminal responsibility for denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbid the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology'.

It also provides the 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 the 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.

Related: Ukraine’s Embassy in Warsaw condemns Polish nationalists’ manifestation

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