President: Lech Kaczynski's ideals still valid
President Lech Kaczynski's ideals and ambitions have not lost their validity. On the contrary, they are increasingly valid today, President Andrzej Duda said on Monday at the opening of a conference devoted to the late Polish head of state.
In his address Duda stressed that he considered President Kaczynski to be "in a sense" his political mentor. Recalling Kaczynski's European policy, he emphasised that it was "important for Europe and the European Union" because it contained "the best European values". "This is a path which must absolutely not be abandoned", Andrzej Duda said.
Andrzej Duda also pointed out that Lech Kaczynski's predictions concerning security and energy security had been proven true.
"Looking (...) at President Lech Kaczynski's goals, ideals and ambitions, we must say that though the times have changed, they have lost absolutely nothing of their relevance. On the contrary, I think they are increasingly topical today. In view of what has already taken place I personally have the strong belief that this is the one and only right political path which we should follow in Central and Eastern Europe", Andrzej Duda remarked.
According to President Duda, cooperation and solidarity of Central European countries, which was so important to Lech Kaczynski, was still necessary.
"Today the need for cooperation in our part of Europe is very clear and palpable," he said.
"Today most Central European presidents speak about the need to build both a community from the Baltic Sea, across the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea, and an energy community, also through the development of infrastructure," Duda added.
The president said it was necessary to continue Lech Kaczynski's policy regarding NATO and Ukraine, with special emphasis on NATO's increased military and infrastructural presence in our part of Europe. "I hope that a step in this direction will be made in Warsaw, that the Warsaw (NATO) summit will include decisions," the president said.
According to the Polish president, Ukraine cannot continue as the site of an ongoing conflict. "Peace in Ukraine is our goal," the president stressed, adding that it would be much better if Ukraine could return to its former borders with Crimea.
Attending the meeting, held under the heading "Sovereignty, Solidarity, Security. Lech Kaczynski and Central and Eastern Europe", were among others Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and the former presidents of Lithuania - Valdas Adamkus, the Czech Republic - Vaclav Klaus, Georgia - Mikheil Saakashvili and Romania - Traian Basescu. (PAP)