Bogdan Borusewicz, a former long-time speaker of the Polish Senate and now an opposition politician, on Tuesday criticized the Interior Ministry's idea of using images of the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius in Polish passports.
Bogdan Borusewicz
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"That would be inappropriate," Borusewicz, who is currently deputy speaker of the Senate, said while answering a question by BNS.

The politician, who was speaking with reporters after a regional leadership and security conference hosted by Vilnius University, said that the same answer applies to the Polish ministry's proposal to include images of the Ukrainian city of Lviv in Polish passports.

"Such images should be included in history books, rather than in official documents," the member of the opposition Civic Platform said.

With 64,475 votes, the Gate of Dawn is currently at number ten among 13 graphic images Poles have been asked to vote on, down from number two some three weeks ago.

Six of the images will be selected in the online voting that runs through Sept. 10.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry earlier this month summoned a Polish diplomat to demand an explanation over the inclusion of the Gate of Dawn as a choice.

The region of Vilnius was occupied by Poland during the interwar period.

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