Russian president gives Katyn files to Polish counterpart gives

11:49, May 09, 2010      

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President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday gave 67 volumes of long-sought files from an investigation of the Katyn massacre to his Polish counterpart

Among the records given to acting Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was one volume of original documents and one volume summarizing the content of all the other files, the Interfax news agency reported.

Medvedev also said the handover of Katyn-related files would continue.

The World War II massacre of some 22,000 Polish officers and other prominent citizens by Soviet secret police in the Katyn forest has been an issue that soured relations between the countries for decades.

Komorowski, who was visiting Moscow to attend the 65th anniversary of Victory Day, for his part thanked Medvedev for the documents.

"The truth about Katyn is a common test that both the Polish and Russian people have endured," Komorowski said. "This truth could be a good basis for the development of relations between the two countries."

Katyn inadvertently drew world attention a month ago when Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 other Poles died in a plane crash in Russia while traveling to attend a Katyn commemoration.

The plane crashed April 10 as it was coming in for a landing in Smolensk in heavy fog. Preliminary investigation details appear to point at pilot error, but it remains unclear why the plane attempted to land in such poor conditions.

Medvedev, who attended Kaczynski's funeral in Poland, said the results of an investigation into the crash should be made public.

"Our task is to bring the investigation to the end. The results should be published and made public," Medvedev was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

"In this context, we have established good cooperation both between the governments and between law enforcement bodies," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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