President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Europe must safeguard peace and unity

2016-04-21

Thursday, April 21, Potsdam – At the end of her state visit to Germany, President Dalia Grybauskaitė visited the Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam where the Potsdam Conference symbolizing the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War took place in 1945.

“The Potsdam Conference ended World War II and started yet another war – the Cold War that divided Europe into spheres of influence and resulted in many people’s imprisonment behind the Iron Curtain. As the winners of World War II were redrawing the map of the continent, Lithuania and the Baltic countries had already been erased from it. It is a painful history lesson that no winners can sacrifice nations and make compromises at the expense of the people,” the President said.

Dalia Grybauskaitė emphasized that Germany, which had been divided by the Iron Curtain for more than half a century, understands very well – just like Lithuania – the significance of European unity, which is particularly important now when Russia is trying to re-divide Europe with its force and aggressive behavior.

The President points out that today Lithuania is an integral part of united Europe. The European Union, which was established more than half a century ago, has become a unique project that has ensured peace and the well-being of people in the war-torn continent. In 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Potsdam Conference, attended by the allies of World War II – the leaders of the United States of America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union – took decisions that have changed the history of Europe. Agreement was reached on the division of Germany that lasted for almost five decades and on ceding the Baltic states and Königsberg to the Soviet Union.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.04.21 15:20

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