at NATO HQ
The President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, met with Lord Robertson
on 2 October, the day NATO took the historic decision to fully invoke Article
5 of the Washington Treaty in response to the terrorist attacks against
the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, 11 September.
Poland strongly conveyed its will to contribute to NATO efforts in fighting
terrorism and declared that it would also increase the involvement of its
troops in the Balkans. In addition, the President underlined Poland's intention
to pursue its "solid and active" participation in NATO,
regardless of the outcome of the current negotiations to form a coalition
government led by the Democratic Left Alliance, the largest opposition party
which just fell short of a majority vote after the elections of 23 September.
They also discussed defence reform and the six-year modernisation plan of
the Polish armed forces initiated in 1999, the year of Poland's accession
to NATO. The plan aims to restructure and reorganise Polish forces in line
with NATO's new missions.
of the visit to NATO by the President of Poland, Mr. Aleksander Kwasniewski
- Audio file of
the Press Point by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and the President
of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Aleksander Kwasniewski (.MP3/2.772Kb)