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  • “It’s a tool and it’s up to us how to use it,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy when commenting on Poland’s successful bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

    Minister Waszczykowski said that during its term on the UN Security Council Poland will have to address issues that do not affect it directly but that keep its allies involved, for example the Americans or the French. He went on to say that “we need to figure out which causes to pursue and where, which are our priority, and where, by supporting the causes of other countries, we can be reciprocated.”

    With regard to the forthcoming visit of the US president to Poland, Minister Waszczykowski said that geopolitically Poland is a very important NATO border country. He also emphasized that Poland meets its NATO commitments to spend a minimum of 2% of GDP on the military and that it can mobilize the region’s countries. During his visit to Poland, President Trump will have the opportunity to meet a number of politicians from the region. He will be greeted with open arms. 

    Minister Waszczykowski commented on the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission against Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary due to their refusal to pledge to take in refugees in accordance with 2015 relocation decisions: “We believe that the EU made the wrong decision in September 2015 when it qualified masses of migrants as refugees and invoked the wrong Article of the EU Treaty. We believe that most of them are migrants who arrived in Europe illegally, and a great majority of them do not come from North Africa or the Middle East. Instead, they often originate from the Balkans: Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia.” The minister went on to argue that only 20,000 of the 160,000 refugees have so far been relocated. Moreover, certain states, such as Slovakia, filed lawsuits against this decision. “I believe that right now we have a mandate to counter this EU decision, because according to opinion polls, more than 70% of Poles are against implementing these measures,” summed up Minister Waszczykowski.


    Source: RMF FM






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