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641 APPENDIX A. REPORTS ON SESSIONS OF THE GROUP ON DIFFICULT MATTERS Communiqué on the Meeting of the Co-Chairs of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters (Brussels, 1–2 February 2008) On 1–2 February 2008, the co-chairs of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters stemming from the complicated history of Polish-Russian relations, Prof. A. D. Rotfeld, former minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Poland, and Prof. A. V. Torkunov, rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), held an informal meeting in Brussels. The co-chairs agreed on the future rules of operation of the group in its new composition and ways of building on its achievements since it was established in 2002. The parties intend to review these achievements in the near future. The co-chairs highlighted the importance of making maximum use of research into bilateral relations conducted outside the group by historians, as well as works by archive services and materials collected by other state institutions. They concurred on the need for broader distribution of existing joint publications and underlined the role of mass media in familiarizing public opinion in the two states with the positive effects of Polish-Russian cooperation on historical issues. The co-chairs noted the importance of preserving symmetry in the Polish and Russian membership of the group. They emphasized the need for giving the group a primarily social and expert character, which was connected with the fact that the group included members who not only knew the history of bilateral relations but also were capable of collaborating on a foundation of similar views and values. Since involving the Polish Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church would be an important element of building mutual understanding and confidence, the co-chairs intended to conduct consultations for the purpose of elaborating specific mechanisms and formulas to include the two churches in the Polish-Russian dialogue. The co-chairs recognized the importance of stimulating—independent of official group meetings—the academic and social activity of group participants. The idea of a joint publication was under consideration. A meeting of the group in its new composition is planned in Warsaw in May 2008. PIOTR PASZKOWSKI, MFA PRESS SPOKESMAN 642 APPENDIX A Communiqué on the Meeting of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters (Warsaw, 12–14 June 2008) 1. On 12–14 June 2008, Warsaw played host to the first session of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters meeting in its new composition (a list of the Polish and Russian group members is attached). 2. The group co-chairs, Prof. Adam D. Rotfeld and the academician Prof. Anatoly V. Torkunov, informed the group members on their contacts to date and preliminary decisions made during their meetings in Brussels (1–2 February 2008) and Moscow (19 May 2008). 3. The participants agreed on the need to build on the group’s achievements since its establishment in 2002. Accordingly, it was recommended that a review be conducted of the work to date, particularly with a view to gaining access to and publishing previously unknown documents of significance to PolishRussian relations. This also applied to joint Polish-Russian publications on recent history and to mutual access to archives. In this context the participants expressed support for the intensification of research and launching of work, the results of which would be made available to the public of both countries, under the auspices of the group. 4. In the course of discussions on the group’s mandate and new tasks, the participants noted that, in recent years, the political and social relations between the two countries, as well as contacts between their scientific communities, had corresponded to the public’s expectations in Poland and Russia. Group members welcomed the improving political climate, which created the conditions for addressing difficult and sensitive issues that remained as the legacy of history. They expressed the opinion that such matters should not be the subject of political games; these matters required courage and responsibility on the part of politicians and researchers in studying and resolving them. This applied, in particular, to a definitive clarification of all the circumstances of the Katyn crime and adoption of the relevant political decisions. 5. One of the group’s key goals consisted of clearing the way for and removing obstacles to top-level decisions that would create a solid foundation for partnerlike relations, based on truth and mutual respect. 6. The group did not have the task...

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ISBN
9780822980957
Related ISBN
9780822944409
MARC Record
OCLC
914230098
Pages
704
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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