The Ministry of internal Affairs of Poland has offered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s independence to place on the pages of the passport important for this event, the motives of the illustration. Among the selected experts images are of the Memorial of the Lvov Eaglets. This was reported by Polish radio.
In a separate contest, Internet users can vote for 6 of the 13 motifs that also needs to decorate a new passport. Among the proposals for voting also the gate of dawn in Vilnius. The placing in the Polish passport images of places in the territory of Lithuania and Ukraine has caused divisions and the diplomatic reaction of Vilnius and Kiev . Polish experts and journalists urged the Minister of internal Affairs and administration Mariusz Blashak to change the rules of the contest. Under appeal signed by more than 120 poles.
“Taking care of good relations of Poland with Lithuania and Ukraine, call on the Minister of internal Affairs and administration Mr. Mariusz Blaschka to eliminate the images of God of mercy chapel and a cemetery of defenders of Lviv from the list of motivations presented to the contest of the Ministry, the purpose of which is the choice of illustration for a new Polish passport.
As of God of mercy chapel and the Cemetery of lwów Eaglets is an important place for Polish history and culture. However, you need to take into account how many disputes and disagreements can create use of places, which is part of Vilnius and Lviv, the cities located on the territory of Poland of independent States, to illustrate the document confirming Polish citizenship.
Poland after almost 100 years since the restoration of independence is a completely different country with much better than in the past, relations with Lithuania and Ukraine. Not worth it to risk the destruction of this value to introduce a symbolic graphic changes on the pages of Polish passports. We urge the Minister to prudence and the abandonment of the contest rules, in their current form would lead to a crisis of relations of Poland with Lithuania and Ukraine”, – wrote Polish experts and journalists.
The call today was signed by 122 of the Polish journalist, expert, artist and public figure.
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Memorial lwów Eaglets – Polish military cemetery, part of the Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv, where are buried the Polish militia, fought in 1918-1920 against the Western Ukrainian people’s Republic and the Bolsheviks.
April 26, 2017, the representatives of the Polish nationalist organizations was dismantled in the cemetery of the village under Przemyslen a funerary monument to soldiers of the UPA.
The Ukrainian foreign Ministry called the incident “blatant provocation” on the eve of the 70th anniversary of action Vistula, where the Polish Communist regime forcibly deported Ukrainians from their ethnic territories in the East of Poland.
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