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Thursday, 13 April 2017

President Andrzej Duda welcomes NATO troops

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The arrival of NATO forces in Poland is a historical moment for which generations of Polish people have waited since the end of World War II, President Andrzej Duda said at the Thursday welcoming of a March-arrived NATO battalion in Orzysz, north Poland.

 

"Here we all stand before a battalion combat group of the North Atlantic Alliance on Polish soil. It will be no exaggeration when I say that generations of Polish people have waited for this moment since the end of the Second World War, dreaming about Poland's return to membership in the just, solidary, democratic and truly free West", the president said.

 

Andrzej Duda added that the presence of the battalion in Poland showed that "freedom has arrived after years of waiting for it, and this freedom is strong".

 

Stationed in Orzysz since March, the NATO unit consists of US, British and Romanian troops. In future it is to be enlarged by Croatian forces.

 

"I wholeheartedly thank you soldiers and your close ones, who have accepted with understanding that you serve here in my country, on a land foreign to you, but I assure you on a fraternal soil", President Andrzej Duda added.

 

"I welcome you with all my heart. I am convinced that service here in Poland, in my country will be an interesting experience for you. I am convinced that you will gain new skills, and I deeply believe that you will make new friendships. I wish you would not be never deprived of the extremely important, I would say basic, the so called "soldier's luck", he said.

 

President Duda expressed his satisfaction that the decisions of the summit in Newport, and above all the one in Warsaw, "became reality".

 

"As the President of the Republic of Poland, I am proud that Polish soldiers are part of a battalion group headed by a US combat force. I am proud they are also part of the battalion group that is being formed in Latvia. I am happy and proud of them being part of the battalion group created under the Tailored Forward Presence in Romania", he said.

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Supreme Allied Commander of the NATO Forces in Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti  took part, along with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, in welcoming of a NATO battalion at the Training Center for Land Forces in Orzysz.

 

He expressed satisfaction with the fact he could witness how the plan adopted at the July 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw had been implemented.

 

"The fact that allies from different countries work in the framework of reinforced military presence is a proof of the alliance's commitment to art. 5 of the Washington Treaty, which includes the collective defence principle meaning that an attack against one mamber is considered an attack on the whole bloc", Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti  said.

 

Gen. Scaparrotti thanked for welcoming the soldiers and expressed hope that the training opportunities would be used. He also expressed his gratitude for Poland's contribution to NATO operations around the world.

 

"Poland demonstrates its unique commitment to NATO reinforced presence not only as a country that hosts the Battalion Group but also as a country that sends its troops to the Canadian combat group in Latvia," he said. (PAP)

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