President in Bucharest: We showed unity and capacity for decisions
The joint declaration adopted by representatives of NATO's eastern flank countries is an important contribution before the forthcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Bucharest on Wednesday.
This is a strong signal of unity, according to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
The meeting in Bucharest attended by eight leaders of Central and Eastern European states as well as President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Jan Hamacek, and Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow was co-hosted by Polish and Romanian Presidents Andrzej Duda and Klaus Iohannis. See also: Polish president favours bigger NATO presence in CEE
The Polish president said that the talks were "spectacular" and described the signed declaration on security and stability goals in Europe and worldwide as a success of the summit.
"The document we adopted today is open, other NATO countries can join it," Andrzej Duda said.
"We showed unity, we showed our capacity for decisions and we made a significant contribution to future decisions which will be taken during the NATO summit in Warsaw. I am really glad to say this, especially as the co-host together with the Romanian president (of today's meeting - PAP) and also as the host of next year's summit of the alliance in Warsaw. I am convinced that the Warsaw summit will take decisions and that NATO as a whole will show unity and determination, and above all that it will show that it is alive," the Polish president said.
According to President Duda, next year's NATO summit is to show that the alliance is able to react "in the present situation, in the situation of threats from the east and from the south". "And this means more troops, more infrastructure and more joint operations, also military ones (...) in order to effectively and quickly react to possible threats," Andrzej Duda said.
The Polish president stressed that apart from the political and military dimension, NATO's activity and the unity of its members had important social consequences as they built "the sense of security which is so needed for good development, including economic development, and good cooperation for the future".
President Duda declared that he was optimistic about the Warsaw summit and underlined that he was convinced it would speak with one voice about the alliance's future goals. The Polish head of state added that NATO had to adapt itself to new challenges and must be ready to effectively react to current events, reduce threats and build an atmosphere of security and peace guarantees.
"Today we have taken the first step on the road leading to the implementation of this great goal," he said.
The Romanian president said the Wednesday meeting was aimed at speaking with one voice about visions of our countries regarding challenges to security facing NATO, both from the east and south.
President Iohannis declared that this common goal had been achieved as the meeting adopted a joint declaration. He described it as "a strong signal of unity" and a message regarding the contribution of NATO's eastern flank countries to the NATO summit in Warsaw next year. (PAP)