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  • 11 July 2016

    “NATO Summit in Warsaw has taken very important decisions for Central and Eastern Europe,” President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday. “Economic and security cooperation guarantees solidity and stability of the eastern flank,” added Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

    The presidents of Poland and Romania met at the Belvedere Palace for a working meeting to sum up the two-day NATO Warsaw summit, which ended on Saturday.



    At a joint press conference, Presidents Duda and Iohannis announced that in autumn 2016 Bucharest will host a meeting of foreign ministers from the nine countries of the eastern flank, and in 2017 a meeting of the heads of these nine states in the “Bucharest format” will be organised in Warsaw. The Polish president added that a meeting in this format at the level of heads of state and foreign ministers would be held regularly every two years.


    “The meeting will analyse the security situation and implement the decisions taken at the NATO summit in Warsaw,” said President Duda. The president added that by far the most important thing in the Alliance is its unity, solidarity and cohesion. “Also in this part of Europe we want to discuss within NATO the security situation and steps that may be needed to enhance security; we want to speak about these issues with one voice,” he added.


    The presidents talked about Polish-Romanian military cooperation, Brexit, the situation of Poles and Romanians in the UK, and the strengthening of democratic processes in Moldova. “Extending the security space to the east of our borders is one of the tasks we are facing,” said Mr Duda.


    The Polish president stressed that the NATO summit had taken very important, even breakthrough decisions for Central and Eastern Europe, and for NATO’s eastern flank. “The meeting with you, Mr President, is a symbolic end of our common path to the NATO summit in Warsaw,” said Mr Duda. He recalled that together with the Romanian president he had hosted a meeting of the leaders of NATO’s eastern flank countries, held in Bucharest in November last year. That meeting concluded with the adoption of a joint declaration. The leaders pledged joint efforts to ensure NATO’s “strong, reliable, and sustainable military presence” in the region, wherever it is needed.


    President Duda said he was grateful for Romania’s declaration to send its troops as part of the enhanced forward presence. “We want to deepen military cooperation with Romania,” announced the Polish president.


    President Duda pointed out that nearly one million Poles and half a million Romanians live in the UK. “It is a matter of ensuring that their rights are respected and in no way limited. On this issue we speak with one voice. I am very glad that I can count on cooperation with you, Mr President, to continue taking care of the interests of our citizens in that country,” said Mr Duda. “Brexit will have its consequences also for the EU; it would be good for us to find a common understanding also in this case and to analyse together how changes within the EU affect the situation in our countries,” said President Duda.


    Romanian President Klaus Iohannis noted that one of the main conclusions of the Warsaw NATO summit is that economic and security cooperation guarantees solidity and stability of the eastern flank. “The decisions have already been taken, but now we need to implement them,” he stressed. He pointed out that the forces allocated to the northern and southern part of the flank are balanced, which is a good guarantee of stability in this part of the world.


    The Romanian president said he had spoken with the Polish president about a trilateral regional format: Poland-Romania-Turkey. He added that in autumn, Bucharest will host a meeting of these countries’ foreign ministers to discuss the continuation of this format of cooperation. The meeting also focused on the Eastern Partnership and the situation in Ukraine, he added.


    NATO countries’ leaders decided to strengthen the Alliance’s eastern flank by deploying four battalions of around 1,000 soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states. The summit also reaffirmed its decision to strengthen NATO presence in the south-eastern part of the Alliance, announced preliminary operational readiness of the missile defence shield, and recognised cyberspace as a new operational domain.


    Source: PAP

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