Polish President Andrzej Duda commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourship between Poland and Germany. The Polish head of state used the occasion to remind his guest, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that the issue of war reparations, the rights of the Polish minority and the commemoration of Polish WWII victims in Germany were all still awaiting resolution.
The treaty signed in 1991 provides for respecting the rights of national minorities in each other’s countries, promotion of cultural and youth contacts and the setting up of a joint university and a foundation for Polish-German reconciliation.
President Duda reminded his guest that what made the opening possible was the Polish Solidarity Movement, which brought the winds of change to Central Europe.
Both presidents agreed that the last 30 years have brought enormous economic and social benefits for both nations as a result of their cooperation. However, the Polish president reminded his visitor that there are parts of the treaty that have not been realized, such as those regarding the rights of the Polish minority and the commemoration of Polish victims in Germany.