Warsaw declaration rejects Crimean 'annexation'
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The 'Warsaw Freedom Declaration ' was unveiled on Wednesday in the Polish capital, condemning the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and which can be signed by the public online.
Actor Andrzej Seweryn reads the Warsaw Freefom Declaration on Castle Square, Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Pawel Supernak
The document was read out by seasoned actor Andrzej Seweryn on the capital's Castle Square, prior to speeches made by world leaders including US president Barack Obama.
“Remembering the tragic history of our continent, we are convinced that the annexation of the Crimea violates the foundations of the political and legal order in Europe and undermines the functioning of the entire international system,” the declaration argues.
The document chiefly reflects on the “historical significance of the breakthrough” of 1989, declaring that “citizens of a free and united Europe stand in solidarity in their love of freedom and other shared values.”
President Bronislaw Komorowski and President Barack Obama on Castle Square, Warsaw, Wednesday 4 June. Photo: PAP/Pawel Supernak
President Bronislaw Komorowski has made the declaration available on his official web site, where it can be signed by members of the public.
On Tuesday evening, President Komorowski presented the inaugural Solidarity Prize to Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, who is currently banned from entering the Crimea and all Russian territory. Dzhemilev had condemned the March referendum in which Crimeans voted to become a federal subject of Russia. (nh)