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Thursday, 15 August 2013

President: No more far-off military missions

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Poland will cease sending troops on far-off military missions, President Bronisław Komorowski declared Thursday in Warsaw during the main celebrations of Polish Armed Forces Day (August 15).

 

Also attending the ceremony in front of Warsaw's Belvedere Palace were Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and officials from the presidential office.

 

In his address Komorowski mentioned 41 Polish soldiers who lost their lives on NATO's ISAF operation in Afghanistan and reminded that Poland's participation in the mission was in keeping with NATO's solidarity principle. He also stressed that being a reliable ally was an important element of Poland's security policy. However, Bronisław Komorowski reminded that the Afghan mission was closing next year and in this context announced a turnback from Poland's "overzealous" policy of "eagerly sending Polish forces to the world's antipodes".

 

"We will decidedly abandon the overzealous expedition policy we uncautiously adopted in 2007. Polish troops will no longer be hastily expedited to the world's antipodes", the president declared. Komorowski added that Poland would continue to be a credible and reliable ally, and perhaps take part in foreign missions in future, but "within the scope of its needs and possibilities".

 

According to the president budget funding for the army should not be primarily spent on foreign operations but on modernising the country's military and defences.

 

"We live in a free country but in a world unfree from threats. Therefore, defence and security must have priority status", the president said. In this connection he reminded about Poland's participation in the NATO missile defence system and the related construction of a Polish missile shield.

 

"We are becoming part of the North Atlantic Alliance's joint, modern air and missile defence system. By building a Polish missile shield we are contributing to the construction of a shield for the whole Alliance", Komorowski pointed out.

 

Recalling that Polish Armed Forces Day commemorated the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces under the country's inter-war strongman Jozef Pilsudski halted the Red Army's progress towards Western Europe, Komorowski called the Polish victory "one of the greatest successes in Polish history".

 

"This was one of the greatest successes in Polish history, a victory for Polish soldiers and their commanders, a victory for the founders of the Second Republic, who knew how to fight arm in arm, how to make political compromises and how to consolidate the country", B. Komorowski stated. (PAP)

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