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German-Polish Prize to “Action Reconciliation – Service for Peace” and the “Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe”

08.12.2008 - Press release

“Action Reconciliation – Service for Peace” and the “Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe” are to be awarded this year's German-Polish Prize. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski will hand over the prize tomorrow in Warsaw on the sidelines of the 8th German-Polish Inter-Governmental Consultations.

Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in this connection today (8 December) in Berlin:

“It is my privilege to award the German-Polish Prize tomorrow together with Radek Sikorski after an interval of several years. This year the prize is going to “Action Reconciliation – Service for Peace” and the “Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe”, two civic initiatives which have performed outstanding services to German-Polish reconciliation.

This exemplary civic commitment, as well as the intensive political dialogue – Foreign Minister Sikorski has been my guest in Berlin and Potsdam this past Friday and Saturday – illustrate the close and friendly cooperation we have achieved between Germany and Poland in the recent past.”

Background to the German-Polish Prize

The prize is awarded in accordance with the 1991 German-Polish Treaty on Good Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation for outstanding services to the development of German-Polish relations.

Earlier recipients of the prize include Willy Brandt (posthumously), the former Foreign Ministers and initiators of the prize, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Krzysztof Skubiszewski, and most recently Alfons Nossol, Archbishop of Opole.

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