PAVLO KLIMKIN URGES POLAND TO RECOGNIZE THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY POLES AGAINST UKRAINIANS
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed his hope to continue the Polish-Ukrainian historical dialogue. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to Polish Radio.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin urges Poland to recognize the crimes committed by Poles against Ukrainians. Pavlo Klimkin believes that Warsaw is trying to whiten its history. During a press conference, the head of the Ukrainian foreign policy office expressed his hope for the continuation of the Polish-Ukrainian historical dialogue:
“I am ready to admit the fault of some representatives of Ukraine or troops that they beat the Poles in Volhynia, and you are ready to do the same? I am ready to bend my knees before the victims of Polish nationality, and are you ready? Now, on March 3, there will be a tragic anniversary in the village of Pavlokomi, where hundreds of Ukrainians were shot, including children and the elderly.”
The Minister noted that in the history of Ukrainian-Polish relations there were both positive and negative pages. “We have a past, which has very positive aspects and parties, and very tragic pages. This was a century when we lived and evolved together. This past can not be rewritten by adopting laws. This past can be understood and understood only through the historical dialogue,” he said.
“We are for this historic dialogue. We at least have to try to understand the position of each other. As I always say to our Polish friends, I emphasize that this dialogue should be conducted among friends,” said Paul Klimkin.
Pavlo Klimkin criticized the Polish historical policy, which, in his opinion, leads to manipulation of history:
“What is happening in Poland today is the desire, through the adoption of so-called memorial laws, to create a special perception of their past, to present themselves more white and fluffy than others. This is not the way it works.”
He added that memory and its perceptions may be either common, or “we will play political games, trying to build our own historical reality by means of laws.” “And I believe that responsibility, political responsibility is to understand each other and find a chance to build together a common future,” added the head of Ukrainian diplomacy.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine commented on the recent meeting between Vice Premieres of Poland and Ukraine, Piotr Glinsky and Pavel Rosenko. As estimated by Minister Klimkin, the conversations were difficult, but constructive.