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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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