Premier Stephen Harper z wizytą w Warszawie

Polska czer 4, 2014 at 8:36 am
“W świecie zachodnim nie znajduję drugiego partnera, który by tak dobrze rozumiał problemy ukraińskie i był tak wrażliwy na sytuację Ukrainy, jak premier Kanady. Dla Polski kwestia ukraińska to kwestia fundamentalna dla naszego bezpieczeństwa. Mamy identyczne poglądy na sytuację w regionie i sytuację na Ukrainie, to dobry znak dla całej wspólnoty międzynarodowej” – podkreślił Tusk w środę na wspólnej z Harperem konferencji prasowej.
Jak zadeklarował, celem polskiej i kanadyjskiej polityki jest rozwiązanie kryzysu ukraińskiego z zachowaniem pełnej suwerenności, integralności i demokracji na Ukrainie.
Tusk podziękował za wsparcie, jakiego Kanada udziela Polsce, jeśli chodzi o nasze poczucie bezpieczeństwa. “Obecność kanadyjskich żołnierzy w Polsce to dobra odpowiedź na ryzyka i wyzwania obecnego czasu. Polska i Kanada to państwa, które podzielają w 100 procentach swoje opinie i przekonania, jeśli chodzi o sytuację na Ukrainie i w regionie” – zaznaczył premier.
Jak ocenił, kanadyjski wkład w politykę bezpieczeństwa, to znak który “czyni świat bezpieczniejszym”.
Szef polskiego rządu poinformował, że z Harperem rozmawiał też o relacjach gospodarczych, wzajemnych inwestycjach oraz współpracy energetycznej. “Zależy nam, żeby wymiana polsko-kanadyjska i inwestycje były na równie wysokim i dobrym poziomie, jak nasze relacje polityczne” – podkreślił premier.
Na 35 mln mieszkańców Kanady ponad 1,2 mln ma ukraińskie korzenie, co oznacza, że w Kanadzie mieszka trzecia co do liczebności na świecie – po Ukrainie i Rosji – grupa osób ukraińskiego pochodzenia. Wizyta premiera Kanady w Warszawie związana jest z obchodami 25-lecia wolności, czyli rocznicy wyborów 4 czerwca 1989 roku. (PAP)

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper CONCLUDES VISIT TO POLAND
June 4, 2014          Warsaw, Poland       Prime Minister’s Office
Introduction
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today concluded his visit to Warsaw, Poland, where he joined other world leaders to celebrate the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from communism. The visit was part of a broader visit to Europe (June 3 to 7), which will also include stops in Brussels, Belgium, to participate in the G-7 Summit, Normandy, France, to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and Kyiv, Ukraine, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Petro Poroshenko as the new President of Ukraine.
While in Poland, the Prime Minister attended a welcoming ceremony by President Komorowski and participated in the 25th Anniversary of Freedom Ceremony at Royal Castle Square.
On June 4, 1989, Poland became the first country of the Eastern bloc to emerge from communism with democratically elected representatives. These elections paved the way for a peaceful transition to democracy, both in Poland and more broadly in Central and Eastern Europe. Canada and Poland developed a close friendship during this period, which has continued to flourish over the years.
During his stay in Warsaw, Prime Minister Harper also met with Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss the international community’s response to the situation in Ukraine, including how best to support the newly elected Ukrainian President. Prime Ministers Harper and Tusk have been actively engaged in the crisis in Ukraine since it began.
Finally, the Prime Minister announced that a Canadian Armed Forces contingent of approximately 75 soldiers will participate in Exercise SABER STRIKE 2014, a long-standing, multilateral, multifaceted, U.S Army Europe-led security cooperation exercise. The contingent will join more than 2,000 personnel, including approximately 45 Canadian soldiers already deployed, from nine other countries participating in this annual exercise which is being held this year in Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania from June 9 to 21.
Quick Facts
  • Canada and Poland enjoy excellent political, social and commercial relations with expanding military cooperation, as well as growing academic and cultural ties, which are bolstered by Canada’s nearly one million-member strong Polish community.
  • Canada and Poland fought as allies during the Second World War with the Polish 1st Armoured Division serving as part of the 1st Canadian Army in northwest Europe from 1944 to 1945.
  • Canada was the first country to ratify Polish accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1999, and the two countries continue to work together bilaterally and within multilateral fora including the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
  • As a testament to this strong bilateral relationship, several high-level visits have taken place between the two countries. Most notably, Prime Minister Tusk made his first official visit to Canada in May 2012 and Prime Minister Harper travelled to Poland in April 2008.
  • In April 2014, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski signed the Canada-Poland Statement of Principles for Coordinated Engagement on Ukraine in order to help Ukraine stabilize its economy, consolidate its democracy and support civic engagement.
  • Exercise SABER STRIKE 2014 provides commanders and their staff with practical experience in organizing, controlling and supporting coalition operations with a view to enhancing interoperability between military partners.
  • Exercise SABER STRIKE 2014 will allow Canada, the United States and other participating nations to demonstrate the unique roles they can take on when contributing to international operations to promote regional and global stability.
Quotes
“I was extremely proud to join President Bronisław Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the people of Poland today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beginning of Poland’s transition from communism to democracy. As we mark this special occasion, it is important to remember the citizens around the world who are still struggling for peace and democracy and to take collective action to help them achieve freedom and justice.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“It is important for the Canadian Armed Forces to engage in joint training exercises with our NATO partners so that we are able to work effectively together. Exercise SABER STRIKE 2014 provides a unique opportunity to hone essential combat skills and Canada is pleased to take part.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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Backgrounder
PARTICIPATION OF CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN ALLIED SECURITY COOPERATION EXERCISE IN EASTERN EUROPE
On June 4, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that members of the Canadian Armed Forces will deploy to Latvia to participate in Exercise SABER STRIKE 2014, a long-standing, multilateral, multifaceted, U.S. Army Europe-led security cooperation exercise.
A Canadian Armed Forces contingent of approximately 75 soldiers – from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta – will join more than 2,000 personnel, including approximately 45 Canadian soldiers already deployed, from nine other countries participating in this annual exercise which is being held this year in Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania from June 9 to 21. The Canadian contingent will be attached to the United States Army’s 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment.
Exercise SABER STRIKE 2014 provides commanders and their staff with practical experience in organizing, controlling and supporting coalition operations with a view to enhancing interoperability between military partners. The exercise uses a brigade-level command post and computer assisted exercises, as well as company-level field and situational training exercises. It also features the integration of U.S. close-air support with partner nation ground forces and provides a demonstration of U.S. Expeditionary Medical Support capability.
The Exercise will allow Canada, the United States and other participating nations to demonstrate the unique roles they can take on when contributing to international operations to promote regional and global stability.
Participating nations include the three Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Poland, and the United States.
Canadian Armed Forces personnel also participated in Exercise SABER STRIKE 2012 in Estonia with a dismounted infantry platoon and a modest support element.