Germany, Poland seek conciliation over Eastern Europe issues

Other News Materials 7 April 2008 18:49 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Germany and Poland are moving toward closer policies on eastern European issues, the two countries' foreign ministers said after talks on Monday in the Polish town of Bydgoszcz.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said that in a meeting with visiting German colleague Frank-Walter Steinmeier the two sought to put aside contrary stances established between the two countries over the previous two years.

"There isn't a community of interests, but there are common interests," Sikorski said.

Sikorski told journalists that differences of opinions exist in financial forecasts in relation to agricultural expenditures as well as others.

Steinmeier also addressed press reports of a row between him and Sikorski at the Bucharest NATO summit over the entry prospects of Ukraine.

Despite different assessments at the beginning, a common conclusion was found, Steinmeier said, adding that there is now assurance that the Ukraine is on its way to European-Atlantic structures.

Sikorski spoke of "honest discussion behind closed doors" after which the two returned to good relations.

Under the nationalist-conservative government of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a number of tensions arose between Warsaw and Berlin, including the Baltic Sea pipeline and historical grievances.

A thawing of relations occurred after the election in November of pro-European Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Tusk and Sikorski visited Berlin in early December.