March 2, 1990 |
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Thursday repeated his willingness to support a declaration by both German parliaments renouncing any territorial claims against Poland, but he drew stiff criticism from neighboring European countries and domestic political foes for refusing to give more definitive assurances. "No one must link the question of a single Germany with any shift in existing borders," Kohl told a news conference here.
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.
May 3, 1990 |
President Richard von Weizsaecker, the first West German head of state to visit Poland, told his hosts Wednesday that a united Germany would never question their postwar frontiers. He began his four-day visit by reassuring Poles that a unified German state would treat their western and northern borders, which include prewar German lands, as inviolable.
August 30, 1989 |
West Germany's far-right Republicans party strongly criticized President Richard von Weizsaecker on Tuesday for telling the Polish government that Bonn has no outstanding territorial claims on Poland. The Republicans protest seemed certain to stir up fresh animosity between West Germany and Poland in advance of Friday's 50th anniversary of the German invasion of its eastern neighbor.