President: Poland should build its strength on unity
A call for harmony and accord was the main theme of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski's speech during the celebration of May 3 Constitution Day in Warsaw's Zamkowy Square.
"Our ability to reach accord today means our security tomorrow. Whoever rejects harmony and cooperation, harms Polish security, harms Poland", the president said.
"Soon, on May 9, Red Square in Moscow will again turn into an armoured square. Flexing their muscles again will be the divisions that recently attacked neighbouring Ukraine before the eyes of the world", President Komorowski pointed out.
"Let us remember that the point of this military demonstration ... will not be history but the present time and the future", the president continued. "Let us remember that a war conflict has not been this close to Poland's borders for a long time", he added.
Today Poles have reason to watch out carefully for approaching danger, according to the president. "This is the image of today's turbulent, unstable world. And in these conditions we have to build our Polish security, security with our children in mind", Bronislaw Komorowski said.
The response to current fears should be to strengthen Poland's defence potential and NATO's presence along the alliance's entire eastern flank, according to the Polish president. "If you want peace, prepare for war. We want peace but we know that nothing encourages potential aggressors like a neighbour's weakness. Nothing discourages them more than strength and determination in defence", president Komorowski said.
He also underlined that in the current international situation, the main thing was to preserve national unity. "Poles achieved great goals when they were united and solidary. It was the case with regaining independence 26 years ago. It was the case with obtaining NATO and EU membership", he pointed out.
"Today, in the face of threats, we again need courage and responsibility; prudence and far-sightedness. We need elementary accord above divisions for such challenges as foreign policy, energy security and modernisation of the Polish armed forces", Komorowski remarked.
"Today the question is not how to regain independence but the challenge is how to maintain and strengthen our freedom", he said, adding that this had to be done together and not against one another.
Bronislaw Komorowski pointed out that in the late 18th century internal strife had weakened Poland the most. "We paid a high price ... we lost our freedom, we lost our statehood", he said, adding that the May 3, 1791 constitution had been a wise and bold attempt at modernising Poland.
"Poland's geopolitical location was and is always difficult because we live between East and West. (We should) build our strength on accord and unity wherever possible", the president also remarked.
Earlier on Sunday at the Royal Castle the president presented state distinctions for service to Poland. (PAP)