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November 13, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
About 8,000 ethnic Germans waving banners demanding minority rights cheered West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Sunday as he visited a corner of Poland that was German territory before 1945. The public display of national fervor by Poland's German community was unprecedented since Poland absorbed eastern German provinces after Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II.
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July 5, 1990 | From Reuters
Poland on Wednesday dropped its demand that the two Germanys guarantee its borders in a treaty before they unite. "Such a treaty immediately after a declaration of unification of Germany will be a good basis for the development of Polish-German relations," Polish Foreign Minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski told reporters in this East German town which has the same name as the West German city. The East and West German parliaments recognized Poland's present borders on June 21.
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July 5, 1990 | From Reuters
Poland on Wednesday dropped its demand that the two Germanys guarantee its borders in a treaty before they unite. "Such a treaty immediately after a declaration of unification of Germany will be a good basis for the development of Polish-German relations," Polish Foreign Minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski told reporters in this East German town which has the same name as the West German city. The East and West German parliaments recognized Poland's present borders on June 21.
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May 3, 1990 | From Reuters
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.
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March 2, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 15, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 16, 1990 | From Reuters
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."
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March 9, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 3, 1990 | From Reuters
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.
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August 30, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 22, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite the concerns of U.S. intelligence experts, President Bush on Wednesday approved a longstanding Polish request to open a consulate in Los Angeles and lifted travel restrictions on Polish diplomats. The FBI and other U.S. counterintelligence officials have strongly resisted efforts by a number of countries to open missions in Southern California, fearing increased opportunities for espionage in the region's sensitive defense and aerospace facilities.
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March 16, 1990 | From Reuters
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."
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March 15, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 10, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrounded by worried neighbors, the two Germanys on Friday began their historic journey toward reunification. The first step was modest, a 2 1/2-hour preparatory meeting between an East German deputy foreign minister and two senior Bonn officials on the security aspects of German unity at an East Berlin guest house. There were no personalities, no news conference and little information.
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March 9, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 8, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's bumbling and stumbling on the Polish border question has baffled friends and foes alike, here and abroad, and called into question his ability to lead a united Germany. Political analysts searched for answers Wednesday to explain Kohl's initial position, then reversal, on the Polish issue, which most believed was unnecessary to begin with. They said it had damaged the chancellor's already hesitant claims of statesmanship.
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January 11, 1989
West Germany announced it has charged a Polish-born West German resident with spying for Poland for nearly 40 years. Charges against Jerzy Edward Romanowski, 64, say he first agreed to spy for Poland in 1948, received intelligence training in 1952 and slipped into West Germany in 1953. Romanowski, arrested last July and awaiting trial in Hamburg, is accused of passing on information about military bases and emergency landing sites.
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October 26, 1989
France on Wednesday offered an emergency plan to supply Poland's Solidarity-led government with nearly $645 million in aid. In addition, the New York Times reported in today's editions that West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl will offer more than $1 billion in aid to help Poland rebuild its economy when he visits Warsaw on Nov. 9. The paper said Bonn is withholding details of the aid package until it is officially announced in Warsaw.
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March 7, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, knuckling under to international pressure on the controversy over Poland's postwar borders, agreed Tuesday that a reunited Germany will recognize those borders.
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March 6, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl professed deep surprise Monday at the whirlwind of criticism generated here and abroad over his refusal to firmly recognize the present borders between East Germany and Poland. He told a news conference in the federal capital, "I don't understand the amazement over this," referring to widespread negative reaction to his blunt objection to guaranteeing Polish postwar frontiers.
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