US Demanded Poland Not Call Volyn Massacre “Genocide of Poles”

Translated by Ollie Richardson


The US government, through its representatives, demanded that the Polish authorities do no recognize the Volyn massacre as genocide of Poles, or at least not consider any resolutions and laws on the matter before the NATO summit in Warsaw. The website Kresу.pl reported this citing an anonymous source in the “Law and Justice” (PiS) ruling party.

According to the information published by the website, the office of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda twice contacted the US Ambassador Paul Jones. He communicated with the Presidential Adviser for International Affairs Krzysztof Szczerski. Jones insisted that Warsaw needs to abandon the intention to officially recognise as genocide the crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists of the OUN-UPA (banned in Russia) in Volyn during the Second world war, which killed 100,000 poles.

Journalists of Kresу.pl asked the US Embassy in Warsaw and Mr. Jones personally to comment on the situation. “Unfortunately, we cannot provide any information on your issue,” replied the press service of the American Embassy. The adviser to the Polish President Szczerski also refused to explain.

The American position expressed by Ambassador Jones is clearly consistent with the demands made before the Polish authorities by representatives of Ukraine, sums up the website.

As REGNUM previously reported, on July 22nd, the Polish Sejm adopted a resolution that characterized the 1942-1945 Volyn massacre as “genocide committed by Ukrainian nationalists against the inhabitants of the II Rzeczpospolita”. Now, according to the decision of the lower house of the Polish Parliament, July 11th will be celebrated in the country as the day of memory of victims of genocide. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed regret in connection with the decision on the recognition of the Volyn massacre as genocide by the Sejm of Poland.

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