Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said at Cotroceni on Tuesday that he had been ‘shaken’ by the tragedy that had happened at the Colectiv club which he visited Monday night. The Polish official expressed his deepest regret and offered to help Romanian authorities with medical specialists.
Andrzej Duda: I was shaken by the Colectiv tragedy, we have doctors who are able to help
‘I would also like to express my regret for the fact that my visit here happens after the tragic accident that happened here, in Bucharest, where young people lost their lives, an event that shook both the Polish people and me personally’, said Andrzej Duda in a joint statement with President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Palace, after the official talks of the two heads of state.
The Polish president noted that his country had specialists especially trained to deal with situations like that at the hospital in the Siemianowice Śląskie city, ‘who can treat patients after such accidents and who can offer their assistance’. Andrzej Duda publicly stated his willingness to give help.
‘I was shaken and we are aware of the fact that the life of young people is very precious and we must help in any way we can’, said the president of Poland.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda arrived to Romania Monday night and made a first stop at the Colectiv club where he observed a moment of silence in the memory of the victims of Friday night tragedy.
The Polish president has had talks with President Klaus Iohannis in preparation of the meeting of Central and Eastern Europe states in Bucharest on Wednesday.
The meeting will be co-chaired by President Klaus Iohannis and his counterpart from Poland and is organised in preparation of the NATO summit in Warsaw in 2016.
Among the topics addressed by the two heads of state there are matters regarding Romania’s role in the region, migration and ‘the crisis in the area of security’ in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Black Sea region, according to a pres release of the Polish Presidency.
This is Andrzej Duda’s first visit to Romania since he took over office in August this year.
Iohannis: Romania wants the Strategic Partnership with Poland to become even stronger
Romania wants the Strategic Partnership with Poland to become even stronger and we are totally committed in this sense, President Klaus Iohannis stated at the end of official talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda who is on an official visit to Bucharest.
“Relations between Romania and Poland are at a particularly high level, their intensity growing impressively in recent years. A lot of joint interests and goals, at regional, European and international levels, as well as historic ties and long friendship unite us. We are happy to have Poland as a partner with whom to share similar vision and to achieve joint projects of maximum interest. We talked about all of this today,” President Iohannis stated at a joint press conference after the talks.
The essential role that Romania and Poland, along with their allies, can play in strengthening the security of the eastern border of the North Atlantic Alliance represented one of the main topics of the official talks between President Iohannis and President Duda.
“One of the domains in which the level of bilateral cooperation is best reflected is surely that of security policy and partnership within NATO,” Klaus Iohannis stated. He thanked his Polish counterpart for the fact that he will take part in the summit of the heads of state of Central and Eastern European NATO members, an event that represents the joint initiative of Poland and Romania and will take place on Wednesday, and for the support he offered to this event which is a continuation of the format started in 2014 in Warsaw.
“Together, our countries can be a very strong voice both at regional level as well as within the European Union,” Iohannis added.
“At the same time, we tackled the ways of intensifying economic cooperation between our countries, cooperation that is indeed at a very good level. We want to better capitalize on the existing potential in this sense and on the Romanian and Polish businessmen’s interest in investing in the two countries,” the Romanian Head of State added.
“I am very glad that Romania, a traditional friend of Poland, is today open to the intensification of collaboration. I have absolutely no doubt that Romania is our strategic partner in this region and today’s talks served only to confirm this,” the Polish President stated.
“We both have the same opinion that the presence of NATO in this part of Europe has to be intensified, that it has a natural character, is an issue of balanced development of the Alliance and the presence of Alliance troops in this part of Europe has to naturally and normally intensify given the enlargement of this structure several years ago. This enlargement has to continue in a consistent manner through the intensification of presence in what concerns the infrastructure that our troops can also use for exercises, as well as through the presence of NATO’s military units. We will certainly try to persuade our partners both at the meeting we jointly organized tomorrow as well as in the wider formula of the NATO summit scheduled to take place in Warsaw next year, where all member states of the Alliance will be represented,” the Polish Head of State said.
In what concerns energy and military security within the EU, President Andrzej Duda stated that Poland and Romania will be more than close observers of the situation in the future and, if need be, are ready to take joint diplomatic action on this issue.
“I also made a proposal here on these issues we discussed – energy security, military security – to set up, together with the President, a presidential coordination committee that would subsequently work on the details of all these issues, that would be permanently in touch and would act as an advisor on all these issues we have tackled during our talks today,” President Duda pointed out.
Duda: We rely on the fact that none of the partner states will say “no” to the solutions we propose
Answering a question about his expectations for Wednesday’s summit, the President of Poland expressed his hope that all the leaders of the Central and Eastern European members of the North Atlantic Alliance understand the current security situation. “We rely on the fact that we will not see any negative attitude in what concerns this policy of adapting the Alliance to this new situation. Obviously we will try to persuade our partners that these steps we plan, we propose, but first of all we rely on the fact that none of the partner states in this part of Europe will say “no” to the solutions we propose. But this talk will take place tomorrow, let’s leave the answer to this question for tomorrow. I hope that the joint statement will include these basic elements.”
“The meeting we jointly organized for tomorrow, the mini-summit, wants to show that the eastern flank is here, the countries from the eastern flank are determined to play a fairly important role within NATO structures and we likewise want to emphasize the importance of this eastern flank in a permanently changing geopolitical situation. We have to set off from defining the eastern flank. I had a proposal I already presented several months ago in a meeting with the NATO Secretary General, a proposal to move toward a “three Seas” approach. I am talking about the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. They define NATO’s eastern flank. In the new geopolitical context following Russia’s occupation of the Crimea, the Black Sea has gained a new dimension: the Black Sea has become a very hot area and there is the need for a lot of care in order not to transform this hot area into a dangerous area,” the President of Romania stated in his turn.
“We know the approach around the Baltic Sea where there are well-motivated preoccupations with strengthening the degree of security. (…) We believe the eastern flank is today maybe more important than ever and we want to emphasize this. This also means adapting NATO. Mainly in the conceptual approach. We do not want NATO shifting the attention from the eastern flank to any other area, we want it to remain focused on the eastern flank which, irrespective of whether it is the first, second or tenth piece of news, it is an area that concerns NATO and not just the countries located in NATO’s eastern flank. The exercises already completed and those taking place later this year show there is a preoccupation.
We want to warn that this preoccupation cannot and should not be a temporary, tactical one, but should be NATO’s geopolitical and strategic approach,” he added.