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Visegrad Leaders Meet in Mine
June 17, 2009   
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The prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries held a meeting June 3 on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Poland's first partially free parliamentary elections in 1989. The meeting, attended by Poland's Donald Tusk, the Czech Republic's Jan Fischer, Hungary's Gordon Bajnai and Slovakia's Robert Fico, was held in the historic salt mine of Wieliczka, southern Poland. Its main goal was to sum up the Polish presidency of the Visegrad Group and discuss the priorities of the Hungarian presidency, which is to start soon.

The prime ministers also talked about building a European energy security strategy and the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative designed to forge closer ties with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The prime ministers visited the St. Kinga Chapel in the Wieliczka salt mine 101 meters underground. They held discussions over dinner in the Warszawa chamber 125 meters underground.

The Wieliczka salt mine has operated continuously since the mid-13th century. In 1978, the mine was entered on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. Every year, it is visited by a million tourists.
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