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Thursday, 16 June 2005

Visit by the President of the Republic of Poland to Kiev

On 16 June 2005, President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski paid a one-day visit to Kiev. During the visit, President of the Republic of Poland met President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko and President of Georgia Mihail Saakashvili.
In the afternoon, President of the Republic of Poland took part in one of the plenary sessions of the Extraordinary Ukraine Roundtable Conference organized by the World Economic Forum.
During his meeting with President Viktor Yushchenko, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski thanked the host for the invitation to take part in the Extraordinary Roundtable on Ukraine. President Kwaśniewski expressed hope that the Forum will serve to enhance interest of the world business community in making investments in Ukraine. Next, the Presidents discussed the arrangements for the opening ceremony of the Polish Eaglets Cemetery in Lvov.
President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski thanked President Viktor Yushchenko and the Lvov Municipal Authorities for their cooperation and consensual attitude that made it possible to successfully conclude the protracted negotiations concerning the historical necropolis. President Kwaśniewski said he was confident that the Lvov ceremony would open a new chapter in Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation much wished and longed for by both the societies concerned. In later part of the meeting, the Presidents discussed, also in reference to Polish-Ukrainian Economic Forum to be held towards the end June in Gdynia, the  prospects for cooperation in the economic domain.   
At the start of his talks with President of Georgia Mihail Saakashvili, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski invited – from himself on behalf of former President of the Republic of Poland Lech Wałesa – President of Georgia to the Solidarity 25th anniversary celebrations. President Aleksander Kwaśniewski expressed his hope that the August festivities shall be an occasion for all nations and societies to jointly celebrate the ideas of Polish August they cherished and esteemed during the years of struggle for democracy and freedom. In the second part of the meeting, the Presidents discussed international affairs. President M. Saakashvili also conveyed information about political situation in Georgia and the neighboring region. The talks also covered Georgia’s intentions and undertakings in the field of natural fuel extraction and transportation.
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