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Thursday, 22 November 2001

The decision of the President of the Republic of Poland on the Deployment of a military contingent within the Allied...

On November 22nd, Mr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski, the President of the Republic of Poland, on the basis of the Act on the Deployment or Stationing Abroad of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland - upon the motion of Ministers` Council - resolved to sign a decision on the deployment, as part of the Allied Forces and within the scope of the "Enduring Freedom" operation, of a Polish Military Contingent in the Islamic State of Afghanistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan as well as in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The 300 troops strong Polish Military Contingent will comprise: an infantry company - the GROM troops, logistics platoon - troops from the Opole-based Logistics Brigade, engineers platoon - troops from the Brzeg-based First Engineers Brigade, an anti-chemical warfare platoon - soldiers from the Brodnica-based Fourth Anti-Chemical Warfare Regiment, a biological weapons detection team from the Puławy-based Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology as well logistical-support warship ORP Kontradmirał Czernicki of the 8th Coastal Guard Flotilla. The decision holds that the Polish Military Contingent shall be deployed over the period between January 1st 2002 and June 30th 2002. The world is facing challenges that have to be surmounted. Combating terrorism calls for undertaking joint action on the basis of international solidarity. Poland has to participate in this undertaking. Up until now we participated in the anti-terrorist alliance by way of providing political support, by cooperating in the realm of various intelligence - and other - agencies. Today the moment has come for us to join in military operations - as an ally in NATO and as a country painfully experienced in the past by calamities and dramatic turns of history. We know very well that allied support and international solidarity are of supreme importance in moments like this is - said President Aleksander Kwaśniewski briefing journalists on the decision to deploy a Polish Military Contingent within the Allied Forces. Poland has very actively conjoined in the anti-terrorist alliance in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th events - we have extended political support, we have opened our airspace, our intelligence agencies cooperated, I convened an Anti-Terrorist Conference on November 6th that was of significant importance; and now we go over to the next stage - that of partaking in a military operation - added the President stressing that Poland is among 13 states that were invited to join the Allied Forces.
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