The Hungarian, Polish and Lithuanian nations want to chart their future together

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The monument commemorating to the founder of the Jagiello Dynasty, the king of Poland, Lithuania and Hungary Vladislav II.(Ulászló in Hungarian) and Queen Hedvig; the memorial was unveiled on Wednesday in the Europe park in Budapest.

The monument is the work of Lithuanian sculptor Dalia Matulaite; it was unveiled at the Buda Castle as the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group and the Central European Initiative (CEI) gathered in Budapest.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi stressed that the monument will be a symbol for a long time to Hungarians, Poles and Lithuanians reminding them of their glorious past and it will point into the future as well. Martonyi remarked that Lithuanians, Poles and Hungarians are often criticized for being too often looking back into their histories and remember of the times of their glorious past. But these nations think of their histories with humility and primarily as a resource for present and future developments.

The Foreign Minister said the goal was to design and expand the future of Central Europe. What happened in the past gives us strength to implement our ideas and develop our future together added Martonyi.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius in his speech emphasized the common past of the three nations, which is very important, but more important is the future that these nation chart together. History is about the past, but it also provides the basis for looking into the future. Vladislav II and Hedvig's marriage was a unique historical and geopolitical event in Europe, because it determined the fate of a number of countries, including Lithuania said the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.

Władysław II was king of Poland between 1386 and 1434 and as a Lithuanian Grand Duke he united the two countries, which thus became a leading power in the region; his wife, Hedvig had descended from the Anjou Dynasty's Royal Hungarian branch.

The monument was blessed by Cardinal Péter Erdő.

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