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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Presidents of Poland and Germany to commemorate WWII anniversary together

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and German President Joachim Gauck will meet in Gdansk on Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.


Such joint ceremonies lead "to talks on the condition of Europe, on the extent to which Europe has found an effective way of avoiding military conflicts," President Komorowski told reporters on Sunday.


"Poles and Germans share the view that the appropriate formula for security is European integration and NATO membership," the Polish president underlined, commenting that the problem was that "not all of Europe is taking part in the European integration process."


"The area not undergoing integration becomes an area of risk, danger and threat. Hence there is complete understanding for the need to extend the European area that embraces the same values: love of freedom, respect for human and civil rights and international law, and avoidance of solutions based on military advantage," President Komorowski also said.


On Monday at 5 p.m. in Gdansk the presidents of Poland and Germany will light candles at the Cemetery of the Defenders of Westerplatte and lay wreaths at the Monument to the Defenders of the Polish Coast on the Westerplatte Peninsula.


The Westerplatte Peninsula in Gdansk was the site of the first clash between German and Polish forces in 1939. A small Polish garrison stationed on Westerplatte fought off fierce German attacks from land, sea and air until September 7. (PAP)


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