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Katyn had “characteristics of genocide”
Political parties have agreed on a resolution commemorating the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939.
MPs agreed on the wording of a single resolution - contested between the opposition Law and Justice and other parties over the meaning of genocide - during a meeting with the Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, Tuesday.
Komorowski read one of the two parts of the resolution, referring to the Katyn massacre - when over 20,000 Polish officers were murdered by the Soviet NKVD in 1940 - as having the "characteristics of genocide."
Przemyslaw Gosiewski, head of Law and Justice in parliament, said that the term "constituent elements of genocide" meets demand from his party.
MPs from the ruling Civic Platform and other parties had argued that the resolution put forward by Law and Justice - which included condemnation of the Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939 - was unnecessarily provocative and anti-Russian.
Last week, deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament and Civic Platform MP Stefan Niesolowski had outraged Law and Justice politicians and many others when he said that “there have only been two genocides: the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s…”.
Moscow has always refused to accept that Katyn could be defined as genocide in fear of this opening the way for international courts to begin legal proceedings against those involved in the massacre and who are still alive.
The resolution is to be adopted at the next sitting of Poland ’s lower house, the Sejm, on September 23. (pg)