- February 7, 2013
Linkevičius: I am sorry for my colleagues (It is shame how we dealt with Lech Kaczynski)
Linas Linkevičius, the Lithuanian foreign minister, in an interview for “Rzeczpospolita” apologised for his colleagues who on the last day of Lech Kaczynski’s visit in Lithuania did not support a compromise bill on the spelling of names for Polish minority.
“It’s a great shame. The President Lech Kaczynski was a good friend of Lithuania. The fact that happened during his visit was very unpleasant. I wasn’t an MP at that time but I want to apologise. That voting showed that such matters are difficult to resolve. Talks and trust are required. It was a painful lesson. Now, our government wants to change the laws concerning minorities but it is not certain whether it is completed successfully. We should help each other. I believe it’s our mutual objective. I say, on behalf of our government, that we want to change it,” Linkevičius told to “Rzeczpospolita”.
Tłumaczenie Patrycja Olszówka w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Patrycja Olszówka the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.