• August 21, 2014
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Valdas Adamkus: I want to ask the Polish minority: ‘What else do you need?’

‘Polish minority in Lithuania does not appreciate conditions created for them and do not want to adapt to the Lithuanian law’- said former President of Lithuania- Valdas Adamkus.

‘This is our big internal problem, due to the lack of willingness of the Polish minority to adopt the law of the country in which they live. In my opinion, they do not appreciate how good life is in the Polish minority in Lithuania, where they have all the conditions: Polish schools, Polish press, television, and they are represented in the Parliament. I want to ask the Polish minority, what else do you need ‘- said Adamkus in an interview with DELFI.

In his opinion, entitled street names in a foreign language is ridiculous. While the issue of names is solvable.

‘On the first page of the passport, data should be written in the Lithuanian language, and on the other side, if it is important for the Polish minority, and if you cannot read the Lithuanian text, you can write also in Polish. When we lived in America, there was no ë in my wife’s surname. There her surname was written as Alma Adamkus Marija and in  Lithuania – Adamkienė, and this may be an example of respect to another country, for example for the Polish minority ‘- explained Adamkus.

Translated by Irmina Myśliwiec within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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