Difficult Reconciliation

Recently, Roman and Greek Catholic bishops have been discussing reconciliation between Poles and Ukrainians, but on 14 May 2013, less than a week after the reconciliation project was announced, it fell apart.
The Polish Roman Catholic bishops reject the phrasing of the request for reconciliation “We forgive and ask for forgiveness” and, in stead, proposed: “We apologize and ask for forgiveness”. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church leader Great-Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (see picture on the left) finds this unacceptable, because it equals a one-sided admission of guilt, which blames the Ukrainians for the tragic event. However, there can be no denying, thus Great-Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, that the explicit aim of the Ukrainian underground was the ethnic cleansing of the Volyn region. See the RISU-website.
Seventy years ago a brutal and bloody war was fought between Polish and Ukrainian partisan armies in the Volyn region of Western Ukraine. This partisan war broke out in 1943 after discussions between Polish and Ukrainian partisan leaders about the post-war political order proved unfruitful. The “Volyn tragedy” cost tens of thousands their lives. Many aspects of the wartime history of Western Ukraine are still vey much debated, while much historical research based on local sources remains to be done.