During the events for the 70th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy today in Warsaw Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski called it "a crime with evidence of genocide" and one of the most "painful" experience of the Poles during the Second World War.

Komorowski, who took part in the opening of the monument to the victims of this tragedy and worship, said that mutual forgiveness is possible only on the basis of truth.

He noted the important role of the Polish and Ukrainian clergy for a historic reconciliation between the peoples, reminding of the joint statement taken at the end of June on the Volyn tragedy by representatives of four churches in Poland and Ukraine.

According to him, in fact, this statement may be the basis for a future better understanding and unification of the two peoples.

"Neither violence nor ethnic cleansing can be a method of resolving conflicts between neighbors or the people and be justified by political, economic or religious necessity," he quoted one of the fragments of the document.

He said that Poland will try to honor the memory of the dead with dignity and streamline their place of burial.


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