18:28 Aug. 24, 2016
Ukrainian, Polish presidents pass joint declaration
Presidents of Poland and Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Andrzej Duda have adopted a joint declaration, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Wednesday, August 24.
"I thank our fellows for the preparation of a very important joint declaration, which will be soon made public, I think that with your mediation, it will be presented to the public," Duda said after a meeting with Poroshenko in Kyiv on Wednesday.
"I would like to thank our teams for making a wonderful joint declaration, which has been created as a result of our meeting," Poroshenko said for his part.
According to the Ukrainian service of the Polish Radio, the declaration deals with strategic partnership, the support of Ukraine's pro-Western aspirations and historical dialogue.
The joint declaration also states that the history of both countries contains tragic pages.
"The Ukrainian-Polish dialogue should continue to be based on the formula of solidarity and mutual understanding of our people, including what was entrenched in the Joint Declaration signed by the presidents on May 27, 1997," Poroshenko told reporters following the negotiations with his Polish counterpart.
"I would like to point out once again that the Ukrainian side is ready for a candid and constructive dialogue on the issues of the tragic pages in our common history and I am confident that this is mutual understanding, we will already find this stand in the nearest future," he said.
The Ukrainian-Polish dialogue "should not work for the good of third parties," because neither Ukrainians nor Poles will benefit from complications in their relations, he added.
In addition, the joint declaration mentions Ukraine's European integration, and says that Warsaw stands for the abolition of EU visas for Ukrainians.