- October 18, 2011
Relation improvement by breaking stereotypes
Historians from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia began a series of discussions devoted to search for the recipe for improvement of international relations. The first of twelve academic meetings took place at Vilnius University. The next are to be held at the universities in Vilnius and Warsaw alternately. Periodic meetings within the framework of cultural dialogue will last until June, 2012.
Past tension accompanying Polish-Lithuanian relations heralds nothing good. Despite strenuous efforts of both countries’ politicians, relations of Poland and Lithuania do not only fail to improve but get worse even more.
Historians from the Vilnius University and the University of Warsaw joined the discussion about future – once model – relations. They claim that the breakthrough in relations between both countries will happen only when stereotypes accompanying mutual perception of nations break.
The new vision of international relations is to be worked out during twelve discussions and lectures which will take place at the Vilnius University and the University of Warsaw.
The first meeting has finished. The next one, scheduled for 10th November, will be devoted to history of Poland and influence of this history on development of relations with neighbours. Historians from Lithuania and Poland hope that their word will introduce new content to the discussion about improvement and future of relations between both countries.
Tłumaczenie Maciek Michalak w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu Translated by Maciek Michalak within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu
Korekta Agnieszka Hippe w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu Corrected by Agnieszka Hippe, as a part of vocational training in the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu