Polish premier hails Czech 'gesture' for Sudetens

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21 July 2005, PRAGUE - Czech Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek won support Thursday from his Polish counterpart, Prime Minister Marek Belka, for a proposed gesture of reconciliation toward ethnic Germans expelled from Czech border areas after World War II. During an official visit to Prague, Belka called the proposal "courageous" and "valuable for mankind", the CTK news agency reported. Paroubek received a similar endorsement last week in Vienna from Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel. The proposed diplomat

21 July 2005

PRAGUE - Czech Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek won support Thursday from his Polish counterpart, Prime Minister Marek Belka, for a proposed gesture of reconciliation toward ethnic Germans expelled from Czech border areas after World War II.

During an official visit to Prague, Belka called the proposal "courageous" and "valuable for mankind", the CTK news agency reported.

Paroubek received a similar endorsement last week in Vienna from Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel.

The proposed diplomatic gesture would be aimed at settling terms between the Prague government and, in Paroubek's words, "anti-fascist" expellees who did not cooperate with the German Nazis in the occupation of Czechoslovakia.

At least 2.5 million Germans were forced to give up homes and businesses in the Sudeten border areas of the former Czechoslovakia in 1946.

DPA

Subject: German news

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