Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko is assured that the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland to recognize as unconstitutional such terms as “Ukrainian nationalists,” “Eastern Little Poland” in the law on the Polish Institute of National Remembrance opens up new possibilities to continue the dialogue with the Polish side on historical memory. He announced this on the air of "Ukrainian Radio".
"Of course, we are very pleased to note that the Polish Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed our concerns that these amendments to the current legislation of Poland can very seriously restrict the rights of citizens, including Ukrainians who live in Poland. During talks dedicated to historical memory with our Polish colleagues, we quite sharply raised the issue of abolishing these norms. This was a clear and hard-line stance of both the President of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Parliament ",Pavlo Rozenko said.
"We are conducting a constant dialogue with the Polish side. We are ready for further consultations in order to solve the existing problems before conducting exhumation work both on the territories of Ukraine and Poland. I am convinced that, in particular, after this decision new opportunities for the continuation of our negotiations are opened, "he stressed.
At the same time, the Vice Prime Minister noted that the parties should take certain steps to avoid future sticking points in the negotiation process. "We must take joint measures to avoid the future destruction of Ukrainian monuments in Poland and Polish monuments on the territory of Ukraine. Our main message to Polish colleagues was that, in case of destruction, all Ukrainian monuments in Poland should be restored, " the Vice Prime Minister stressed.
"We invited the Polish delegation, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Piotr Gliński and President of the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland to Kyiv to in order to round off negotiations and take concrete decisions. We are strongly committed to solving these issues", Pavlo Rozenko underscored.