The North and West Territories of Poland have been the subject of wars, occupations, treaties and border disputes with Germany since the 13th Century - the latest of these stems from the end of World War II, when the Yalta and Potsdam Resolutions allowed for the extension of the existing Polish border forward to the line formed by the Odder and Neisse Rivers to the West and the Baltic Sea to the North.
AV Over lakes (3 shots)
GTV Views of city from bell-tower (6 shots)
GV EXT Gdansk Town Hall
4 SV Historic stone death figures (2 shots).
SV PAN Bronze figures on wall
SVs Historic ceiling paintings & murals (2 shots)
SV & GV TILT Coat of Arms & lion figures (4 shots)
SV Coat of Arms of Militemus with eagle PAN TO carved figures
GV Docks at Szczecin
SV Workers & ships being loaded (4 shots)
GV PAN Docks & cargo ships (2 shots)
GV Car ferry at docks & cars off (3 shots)
AV Farms along Mazurian Lakes (4 shots)
SV Horses into water (3 shots)
SV Farmer & farmhouse (2 shots)
SCU Irrigation system & farm vehicles (2 shots)
SV Cattle in peach grove
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Background: The North and West Territories of Poland have been the subject of wars, occupations, treaties and border disputes with Germany since the 13th Century - the latest of these stems from the end of World War II, when the Yalta and Potsdam Resolutions allowed for the extension of the existing Polish border forward to the line formed by the Odder and Neisse Rivers to the West and the Baltic Sea to the North. Now, as West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel holds talks in Warsaw with his Polish counterpart Stefan Jedrichowski, it seems that a solution to the latest border dispute may finally be reaching a satisfactory conclusion which will heal long-existing wounds between the two nations.
Historic buildings and Cathedrals in cities like Opole and Gdansk (formerly Danzig) house relics and works of art which trace back centuries of Polish history - giving strength to the Polish argument that the land is historically theirs, and the post-war boundaries merely the return to their own past borders.
The port City of Szczecin (formerly Stettin)- destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1945 -is now once again a flourishing Baltic commercial centre. It not only handles much of Poland's import and export trade, but it is also and important tourist gateway.
Many visitors, particularly those who land by ferry from Scandinavia, head to the popular fishing and water-sport resorts on the Mazurian Lakes in former German Prussia. This area is rich in farms and breeding of all types of animals - including a rare breed of small horses.
The Ministerial talks - which began on Tuesday (November 3) - are aimed at finalising once and for all the claims and counter-claims on this large and rich area. According to latest reports, Herr Scheel is said to have stated that West Germany did not question the Odder-Neisse as Poland's border, but several legal points must still be solved - the main one being the fact that there has never been a peace treaty between Germany and the Allied victors defining Germany's post war boundaries.