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Monday, 4 May 2015

Heads of state to attend May 7-8 Gdansk ceremonies marking end of WWII

A panel devoted to European integration and ceremonies at the Westerplatte Peninsula will be held in Gdansk on May 7-8 as part of country-wide observances of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.


The May 7 panel debate "The Legacy of World War II after 70 Years" is to be attended by: Timothy Snyder (US), Yuri Afanasyev (Russia), Norman Davies (Great Britain), Georges-Henri Soutou (France), Andrzej Paczkowski (Poland), Stefan Troebst (Germany). Judy Dempsey will be the moderator.


Following the debate of historians, President Bronislaw Komorowski will conduct a political panel "European Integration. Lesson Drawn from WWII and its Contemporary Importance”.


Following the debate, participants in the meeting will take part in a Thursday evening ceremony on the Westerplatte Peninsula crowning observances of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.


Presence at the Westerplatte ceremony has been confirmed, among others, by Presidents of Bulgaria - Rosen Plevneliyev, Croatia - Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Cyprus - Nikos Anastasiadis, Czech Republic - Milosz Zeman, Estonia - Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Lithuania - Dalia Grybauskaite, Romania - Klaus Iohannis, Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico, former German President Horst Koehler, as well as heads of parliaments of Spain and Latvia, the deputy head of the Hungarian parliament and the defence minister of France.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the European Council Donald Tusk have announced their presence. (PAP/ own information)


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