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Friday, 17 June 2011

President visits Berlin

President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin
President visits Berlin

While on a one-day visit to Berlin, President Bronisław Komorowski and President of Germany Christian Wulff took part in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the Polish-German Youth Cooperation.

The Friday visit was a part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty on Good Neighbourly Relations and Friendly Cooperation between Germany and Poland and of the commencement of the Polish-German Youth Cooperation.

At the Polish embassy in Berlin, Bronisław Komorowski awarded a posthumous Commandor's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland to Ludwig Mehlhorn, a former German Democratic Republic dissident and a defender of human rights. The Presidents of Germany and Poland subsequently laid wreaths at the monument dedicated to the Solidarity movement.

At the Humboldt University, the Polish President delivered a speech as part of the “Berlin Speeches” cycle delivered by German presidents. This privilege has been made available to foreigners only twice in the past: in 1998 to Martti Ahtisaari, the President of Finland of the time, and in 1999 to Kofi Annan, the then Secretary General of the UN.

After the meeting at the university, Komorowski and Wulff met face to face in a Berlin cafe. After that, they attended the celebrations connected with the 20th anniversary of the commencement of Polish-German Youth Cooperation. The President of Poland said, addressing the youth gathered at the ceremony: “It is great to be 20, I am positively jealous about it."

 

He emphasized that the 20 years of German-Polish youth exchange is the same 20 years in which German-Polish relations have been very good and in which Poland has been a democratic country and in which Germany has remained united.

According to Komorowski, we have to learn how to establish good German-Polish relations, also because we live in times when we can say that, in spite of our difficult past, what we are dealing with here is the shared fates of nations.

“Today, the friendship between Germany and Poland becomes reality, even though few dared dream that it would ever be so,” Wulff said. He emphasized that Germans and Poles like each other more and more and share more and more values. “Our neighbours are partners of ever-increasing importance to us,” he added.

In connection with the 20th anniversary of the commencement of Polish-German Youth Cooperation, Komorowski and Wulff awarded "Good neighbour" distinctions to ten persons and six institutions particularly involved in the exchange programme for young Poles and Germans.

The visit ended in an official dinner held by President Wulff.
 

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