- February 17, 2014
Tusk does not want to have a meeting with Butkevičius right now
According to the Polish Prime Minister, the talks with the Prime Minister of Lithuania on the Polish minority will make sense if Vilnius expresses “a clearly better will”.
A week ago the Lithuanian Prime Minister explained that he wanted to have a meeting with Tusk in order to discuss bilateral relations that overshadow the problems resulting from the situation of the Polish minority in Lithuania. The Polish Prime Minister said that he supported his Lithuanian counterpart’s initiative. He also added that the meeting would make sense only if the other party expressed “a clearly better will”.
„Let us be honest – they (Lithuanians) are preparing for presidential election” – he said. He added that he did not want the meeting to be a reason for thinking that there are no problems in bilateral relations.
That is why we are going to wait for any decisions or at least indications which will convince me that such a meeting will be the beginning of a positive change in the Poles’ situation in Lithuania and not just an attempt to show a good will followed by nothing” – the Polish Prime Minister explained. He added that the Polish government would ask the Lithuanians by diplomatic channels if the talks will actually be the beginning of a positive change or it will be just a next meeting producing no results.
Donald Tusk also said that he had exchanged “a few remarks” with Butkevičius during the Baltic Sea States Summit in Tallinn.
Tłumaczenie by Martyna Kołtun w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Martyna Kołtun within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.