Poland and West Germany endorsed a historic treaty on Wednesday (18 November) to heal the wounds of World War Two and put their relations on a normal footing after 25 years.
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MV INT from Left to right, Scheel initialling, and Foreign Minister Jedrychowski.
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Background: Poland and West Germany endorsed a historic treaty on Wednesday (18 November) to heal the wounds of World War Two and put their relations on a normal footing after 25 years. Foreign Ministers Stefan Jedrychowski of Poland and Walter Scheel of West Germany initialled the accord at a ceremony in a small 19th Century palace in Warsaw.
Herr Scheel arrived by special aircraft earlier Wednesday morning for the ceremony at which the Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Jozef Cyrankiewicz was present.
The palace used for Wednesday's endorsement was the same where final agreement on the treaty was reached on November 14 after a marathon all-night session lasting more than six hours.
The ministers sat at a small mahogany table decked with miniature flags in Poland's red and white national colours and West Germany's red, gold and black.
Mr. Jedryschowski said the treaty opened prospects for favourable and fruitful future relations. Herr Scheel said his government regarded the treaty as a decisive step and a historic turning point in relations between the countries.
A hundred cameramen and reporters crowded into the small room for the ceremony.
Mr. Jedrychowski said he was very pleased that West German Chancellor Willy Brandt would come to Warsaw to sign the treaty with Mr. Cyrankiewicz, but he gave no date for this.