Polish formin Sikorski says Poland hadn’t occupied Vilnius region during interwar period‏

June 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm 2 comments

Poland hadn’t occupied Vilnius in the interwar period, said Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski speaking live on Poland’s TVN 24 a few days back.

Sikorski’s statement came amid an interview, which focused mainly on recent statements of certain German parties running for European Parliament (EP). Europe’s subdivision following WWII led to illegitimate eviction of German citizens from some of Poland’s territory as it is today, Vilnius Diena daily cites Germans as proposing.

Speaking on Germans, the Polish minister went on to mention Lithuanians as well.

“Lithuania believes that we occupied Vilnius in the interwar period, but we have a different take on this,” Sikorski said.

The minister during his airtime slammed Lithuanian authorities and Polish President Lech Kaczynski for failing to arrive to a single essential agreement during the latter’s 13 visits to the neighboring Baltic state.

“It’s just the way it goes, not all countries want to do that, which we expect from them,” Sikorski said.

Liberal Movement MP and member of the Seimas Foreign Affairs Committee Petras Austrevicius was astonished with the aforementioned statements, especially after 15 years since the signing of a cooperation treaty with Poland.

“Strange. Such statements go beyond strange. They are neither necessary nor grounded. (…) We left history for historians to unveil. We are certain of the annexation. The lack of bipartite relations for almost two decades proves this point. But why revisit the fact now, 15 years after we signed a cooperation agreement?” Austrevicius spoke.

The BNS reminds that Vilnius region, Lithuania’s eastern and south-eastern stretch including the city of Vilnius itself, was part of Poland from April of 1919 to September of 1939 (except July-Dec of 1920).

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  • […] 3, 2009 As the BNS informed Lithuania sent a message to Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski who recently denied Poland’s occupation of the Vilnius region.  The statement quoted  the then political […]

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  • 2. John F. Bartkowski  |  September 9, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I have traveled to Poland for the past two summers and worked primarily as a teacher of English fluency for Polish high school students at a language school in Tczew, Poland. I have always been curious about my Polish heritage and know that my great grandfather immigrated from your area to America in the late 1800’s. Before my father passed away I asked where the family came from and he told me it was the Vilnius Region. My question is perhaps a difficult one, but is there a way to find out about relatives that also have my surname? My great grandfather was Jacob Bartkowski and he was born in 1858. Thank you so much for your time and consideration in this matter.
    Sincerely,
    John F. Bartkowski

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