• February 12, 2019
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Day at a glance: Parliamentary Assembly of Poland and Lithuania

Meteorologists claim that Monday is not going to be bright and sunny – it’s going to rain all day. Today’s temperature will vary between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius.

In Warsaw, after ten years of break, the Parliamentary Assembly started its session. After the deliberations, the vice-president of Lithuanian Seimas, Arvydas Nekrošius said, that in Warsaw there is planned signing of a declaration, which “will sum up the mutual accomplishments since the treaty signing and will outline further tasks concerning education, acceptance of the new legislation of national minorities and surnames original spelling”.

The President, Dalia Grybauskaitė, will meet with Seimas president, Viktoras Pranckietis.

At Seimas at 10 A.M there will be held a conference on the freedom of speech.

At 1 P.M. at Seimas there will begin a conference called “100 years of the reborn Republic of Lithuania. While celebrating the centenary, didn’t we forget about the foundation of the nation – the Lithuanian language?

What happened on 11th of February:

1945 – The end of the Yalta Conference. The participants, the “Big Three” – by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin. As a result of the agreement, after the war Poland was under the influence of the Soviet Union; the government of the Republic of Poland in Exile recognized this fact as betrayal on the part of the Allies.

1946 – Creation of The Literary Institute by Jerzy Giedroyc in Rome – the Polish-language publishing house, publishing the most important titles of Polish post-war, domestic and emigration literature, as well as the monthly magazine “Kultura”. In July 1947 the Institute was moved to Paris.

1990 – After 27 years spent in prison, Nelson Mandela, a hero of the fight against apartheid, has regained his freedom; he was the activist of the African National Congress (ANC); leader of the ANC armed wing; arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life imprisonment; in 1993 he received the Nobel Peace Prize together with Frederik de Klerk (the President of South Africa (1989-1994); in 1994-1999 the President of South Africa.

2004 – Colonel Ryszard Kukliński, an officer of the General Staff of LWP, died in Tampa, Florida. He provided the CIA with information about preparations for the imposition of martial law in Poland and plans for this operation, as well as with other secrets of the Warsaw Pact; in 1984 the Military District Court in Warsaw in absentia sentenced Kukliński to death for “desertion and betrayal” and seized his property; in 1995 the sentence was officially remitted; Kuklinski was called “the first Polish officer in NATO”; he was buried in Avenue of Notables at the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw; in 2016 he was posthumously promoted to general.

Name day celebrates: Adolf, Adolfa, Benedykt, Bernadeta, Bertrada, Cedmon, Dezyderia, Dezyderiusz, Dezydery, Grzegorz, Heloiza, Jonasz, Lucjusz, Łazarz, Łucjusz, Maria, Olgierd, Paschalis, Sekundyn, Seweryn, Świętomira, Teodora and Wiktoria.

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

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