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Anniversary of Polish accession to NATO

March 12, 1999, Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, in the name of Polish Government sign the ratification to NATO.

Assuming the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Geremek in his speech on 5 March 1998 as the first Polish foreign policy priority lists accession to NATO:

"We are entering the final phase of our efforts to join NATO, efforts to institutional confirmation and insurance of the results of the democratic revolution of 1989."

 

And also:

"Poland joined NATO aware that this is due to our natural - that is embedded in the national history - connection with Western civilization and its fundamental values, but also with our interests and our raison d'état. Polish interests are geographically, economically and geopolitically embedded in Europe, so we can say that Poland had seen in NATO a Europeandefense alliance, in which the United States participate as a world power. Poland needs NATO and in accordance with its interests is to support any possibility of renewing transatlantic cooperation. However, there is no contradiction between this attitude and the support of European Union action for the common security policy. "~ Security in Europe: between European policy and Euro-Atlantic bond," Science, "2004, No. 4.