March 15, 1990 |
The first meeting of the two Germanys and the four victorious World War II powers on the subject of German unity was held here Wednesday, and the participants agreed to invite Poland to attend sessions at which the Polish-German border issue is discussed. The head of the host West German delegation, diplomat Dieter Kastrup, said that at this first meeting, the Germanys, the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France discussed procedural questions and an agenda for further meetings.
March 16, 1990 |
Poland on Thursday said its planned inclusion in German reunification talks is a diplomatic triumph that marks the end of the "Yalta era." "I think the real end of Yalta took place yesterday," government spokeswoman Malgorzata Niezabitowska said in a televised statement. She called the decision "a success for all Poles."
March 9, 1990 |
The West German Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at reassuring Poland that a united Germany will respect its present borders. At the same time, however, Chancellor Helmut Kohl defended his controversial position that Poland should renounce any claims for World War II reparations from a unified Germany. And later in the day, in Brussels, Kohl assured fellow members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that a united Germany will remain in NATO.
December 21, 1988
Poland's Foreign Minister Tadeusz Olechowski rejected East Germany's claim to Baltic waters. Olechowski's statement was Warsaw's toughest declaration on the dispute over the Pomeranian Bay in the Baltic, which has clouded relations between the neighboring East Bloc states.
November 1, 1989 |
Another casualty in the East German Politburo was announced Tuesday as Communist leader Egon Krenz flew to Moscow for talks with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The official East German news agency ADN said that Harry Tisch, the Politburo member who heads the official trade union federation, will resign Thursday. It was not made clear whether Tisch, who has been accused of failing to defend the workers' interests, will stay on as a member of the Politburo.
February 15, 1990 |
Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, voicing Warsaw's disquiet at the prospect of a united Germany, demanded a role for Warsaw in talks leading to unification but ran into opposition from Bonn on Wednesday. Mazowiecki said Poland, whose postwar borders include huge tracts of former German territory, must be involved in negotiations between East and West Germany and the principal victorious wartime Allies in order to guarantee its security.