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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Missile Defense is a great success for Poland

On 20 August 2008, President of the Republic of Poland Mr Lech Kaczyński met in the Presidential Palace with US Secretary of State Ms Condoleezza Rice who came on a visit to Poland.

After the meeting, President Lech Kaczyński and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took part in a press briefing. President of RP made among others the following remarks:

“First and foremost, I wish to express my utmost satisfaction with the fact that such a long-lasting talks on Missile Defense were crowned with success, with the fact that in no more than an hour and a half an agreement on this project will be signed and that we stand a very good chance for its ratification. In other words: one of the strategic goals that I set for myself as a President has now been fulfilled. Words of thanks are due to the American authorities, to Poland’s previous Government, present Government, to Madam Minister Fotyga, to Minister Sikorski, for their contribution in bringing this great effort, so important from the perspective of Poland’s interests, to a successful end. This way, both the parties have achieved their objects. This is a great success for Poland. This is, the way I see it, the next step in the process of developing a global position of the United States, the most powerful country in the world, the country that will most probably retain this position for a very long time. In conclusion, the day of 20 August 2008 is for me a day of success and satisfaction.”

President Lech Kaczyński also attended the ceremony of signing the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the United States Government on the placement on the territory of Poland of defense missile interceptors.

The President of RP said the following :

“I had a few strategic goals set up for the period of five years’ term in office as the President of the Republic of Poland. One of the main goals has now been accomplished and I am very pleased about it. This achievement is to the credit of two governments and one presidency. I wish to use this opportunity to thank the Prime Minister of the previous Government, to thank very warmly Madam Minister Anna Fotyga who was conducting negotiations in the first months. Special words of thanks are due to Minister Waszczykowski who was running the negotiations for many months, and to Minister Sikorski who brought the negotiations to an end. And I am also very glad that we have arrived at a good agreement, regardless of all the turbulences that have been occurring. This is the most important thing. There were moments of tension but they are now all behind. The strategic goal has been accomplished. Obviously, this strategic goal can be also linked to the placing of Patriot missiles. But the most fundamental strategic consideration is, as we were saying today with Madam Secretary of State, to have an appropriate composition of forces in this country and to fend off certain influences. In this regards we are one hundred percent successful.

In politics, such a success does not happen often. Which makes this day an even greater occasion for celebration for our country. I would like to express my thanks to everyone whose hard work has helped to make this happen: to the Polish diplomats, to high ranking officials of the Polish Government, but also to the US diplomats and Undersecretary of State Rood and his team in particular for they were running those often difficult negotiations. Both the Czech Republic and Poland have signed the agreement, thus, the plan has been realized. One cannot possibly claim that every day in our history is great but this day certainly is very significant. It is the day of the deepening of an alliance that is needed by Poland and by Europe alike. Let me reiterate: needed by Poland and by Europe. It is fair to say that Europe is slowly integrating and the process will take many more years to come. But at the same time, the world of the West consists of two parts: Europe on the one hand and the United States, Canada and a few other countries on the other. This world must stand up for its values. And this successive agreement is a proof that the West can defend them. My warmest congratulations to everyone, Prime Minister, my warmest congratulations to you you!” 
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