News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
11 January 2017
The Polish diplomacy head, currently in New York, said that Poland stands a solid chance to become non-permanent UN Security Council member for the term 2018-2019. “We need the support of 130 states and we are close to getting this seat,” announced the minister.
Minister Waszczykowski said that he presented the assets of Poland’s candidacy during today’s UN Security Council open debate convened by Sweden. “We have been participating in numerous peace-keeping operations since the 1950s with around 70 thousand seconded Polish soldiers. Poland is a provider, not a consumer of security,” he underlined.
The MFA head reported that during his visit to New York he met diplomats from many states, who showed positive attitude towards Poland’s candidacy. He also met with the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “The Secretary-General took interest in our opinion on the situation in our part of Europe. He is our ally because he comes from Europe himself and shares a lot of our views,” observed Minister Waszczykowski. The minister asserted that in the current geopolitical situation, Poland can contribute major sensitivity to the SC.
Minister Waszczykowski also mentioned his meetings with the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and with the new US national security adviser Michael Flynn, both scheduled for tomorrow. “In both meetings I would like to present our view on the security situation in and around Europe, on what is going on in NATO, what means Brexit and how we understand maintaining the transatlantic relationship.” The minister emphasized that Poland’s security, guaranteed by NATO, is also in the interest of the United States.
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