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U.S. Department of State
97/01/22 Statement: Signing of the Czech-German Declaration 
Office of the Spokesman 

Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
January 22, 1997

                Signing of the Czech-German Declaration 

The United States warmly welcomes the signing in Prague on Tuesday of 
the Czech-German Joint Declaration by Prime Minister Klaus and 
Chancellor Kohl.  We believe it will strengthen further the strong ties 
between these close friends of the United States. 
The Declaration marks an important step forward in overcoming the 
sometimes difficult legacy of World War II and its aftermath, and we 
commend the commitment of the Czech and German governments not to burden 
their relations with political and legal questions arising from the 
past.  We look forward to the parliaments of both countries endorsing 
the Declaration expeditiously. 
The United States is confident that the Declaration will lead to greater 
understanding between the Czech and German peoples, and looks forward to 
continuing to work with both nations as partners in the building of a 
secure and integrated trans-Atlantic community. 
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