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Marking the 70th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Kostyantyn Hryshchenko stated that the Ukrainian and Polish people should make peace and go towards joint European future.
"Our nations have no reason to quarrel over. We have a common goal - a common European future. We should make peace and the process of reconciliation began in the early 90's with the independence in Poland and Ukraine," Vice Prime Minister said in Lutsk on Sunday, marking the 70th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy.
Hryshchenko noted that, historically, Ukrainian and Polish peoples have much in common in language, culture and way of life, but "the bloody events in their history remain the wound in the hearts of the two peoples."
Hryshchenko also stressed that in "the ideological grip of totalitarianism" Ukrainian and Polish people were deprived of the opportunity to conduct an honest and open dialogue about the mentioned event, which would be based on reliable historical facts.
"A difficult process truthful assessment of our shared history, reconciliation and union between the Ukrainian and Polish people has begun only with gaining independence. This is a mutual, conscious choice of both nations, necessary to overcome the negative perception of historical stereotypes of Ukrainians and Poles," Vice PM is convinced.
Hryshchenko stressed that the Volyn events require further careful study.
Vice Prime Minister also urged to "avoid politicization of this extremely complex issue, to avoid steps, which would lead to a revision of long-term developments in the relations between the two nations, aimed at understanding and reconciliation."
He pointed out that as a sign of reconciliation and a sign of willingness to work together to build a joint European future, "today we bow our heads in memory of the victims of fratricidal conflict and offer up our prayers for them".