- June 13, 2013
Komorowski will talk with Grybauskaite about Polish-Lithuanian relations
The president of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and the president of Poland Bronisław Komorowski are both participating in the summit of Eastern European countries in Bratislava. The Polish president announced that he will raise the issue of Polish-Lithuanian relations during the meeting with his Lithuanian collegue.
„The issues relevant to the Polish-Lithuanian relations will be obviously broached during the talks.” the president said. The statement of the president of Lithuania during her annual address to the Seimas provoked the reaction of Polish politicians at the highest level. „The Lithuanian language became a hostage of the political arrangements of the governing coalition. A controversial Lithuanian language exam transforms into demands that divide the country. And at the same time, Lithuanian schools are being closed outside of the Lithuanian borders. The citizen of Lithuania should have to have very clearly explained what possible price of all of these can be.” the president Grybauskaite said from the rostum.
Prime minister of Poland Donald Tusk responded to her words the same day: „A difficult situation of Polish people in Lithuania has for sure some impact on these complications. On one hand there are legitimate aspirations of our minority, on the other hand there is sometimes inability, and sometimes unwillingness to implement them by the Lithuanian authorities. What we need here in my opinion is a mutual patience and mutual respect. (…) We will be certainly supporting all the activities of Poles in Lithuania while fully respecting the sovereignty of Lithuania.” announced the prime minister.
The most important topic during the XVIII summit will be, however, the Ukraine. „In the case of Ukraine which hopes to sign the association agreement with EU in November, the stakes are high.” we can read in the Komorowski’s statement on the official website of the president of Poland.
The summit in Bratislava is the 18th meeting of the presidents of Eastern European countries. This year, it will be held under the working title “Growth Strategy for Post-Crisis Recovery”. The heads of twenty states will be discussing, for example, the difficult economic and social situation in Europe.
Tłumaczenie by Justyna Kaczmarek w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Justyna Kaczmarek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.