On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Polish-German agreement, the exhibition “Poles and Germans – Histories of dialogue” was held in the National and University Library of BiH.
The exhibition was opened by Polish and German ambassadors to BiH, Andrzej Krawczyk and Christiane Hohmann, who recalled that apart from many conflicts in the world, the Polish-German agreement is a good example of how peace can be sustained.
Ambassador Krawczyk pointed out that the signing of the Agreement between the Poland and Germany is a proof that there are no irresolvable problems, especially for Poland, which in the 20th century suffered great losses.
“To win the past is not an easy task, because many events in the past caused a lot of emotions, hatred, pain, revenge, but all this can be overcome. Every reconciliation takes time” – said the ambassador Krawczyk.
Moreover, the High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, said that the agreement of Germany and Poland are the great example of how it can work, and that the “old enemies of the two countries in which there have been major victims, especially in Poland, proved that cooperation is possible.
Poland and Germany marked the 25th Anniversary of the Polish-German Agreement on good neighborly relations and mutual cooperation in June 2016.
The year of 1989 brought a major change in Europe. Poland and Germany had most benefits of these changes. Poland won freedom and German won unity. The mass of reconciliation was held on the 12th of November 1989 in Krzyżowa, with the participation of the first non-communist Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Chancellor of united Germany, Helmut Kohl, which opened the way for constructive dialogue between Poland and Germany.
The way for signing the agreement on the border was opened on the 14th of November 1990. This closed the most difficult issue in relations between Poland and Germany after the World War II. Agreement on good neighborly relations and mutual cooperation was signed on the 17th of June 1991, and it opened a new phase in Polish-German relations. The agreement defined the objectives and areas of cooperation, from security, politics and economy to environmental protection and connecting of young people. Moreover, it testified on the Polish-German community values and confluence of interests despite the burden of history and different political and economic potentials.