Russia, Poland to agree text for new crash memorial

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Russia and Poland on Monday said they would agree the text for a new memorial for the plane crash that killed president Lech Kaczynski after a bitter row over the replacement of a previous plaque.

"I want to announce today that we have agreed on the creation of a special international group who will design this memorial," said Medvedev after talks with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski.

Komorowski, quoted by the ITAR-TASS news agency, said that the text would be in Polish and Russian and would be agreed upon by both sides.

Russia has angered Poland by replacing a Polish-language memorial at the site of the crash which referred to a "genocide" of Polish officers by Soviet secret police at the nearby Katyn forest at the start of World War II.

The new version -- in Russian and Polish -- refers only to the air crash, a fact that infuriated relatives of the 96 killed in the April 10, 2010 disaster who visited the site at the weekend.

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