Spreading Democracy

Komorowski and Obama Discuss

Komorowski and Obama Discuss

In May last year, Presidents Obama and Komorowski met with Poland’s ‘fathers of democracy’ in order to discuss possible avenues of cooperation between the US and Poland and to spread democracy. Among the invited guests were Solidarity activists, leaders of political parties and representatives of Polish NGOs dealing with the promotion of democracy. President Obama recognised Poland as a model and an inspiration for democracy activists across the whole world, and expressed his admiration for the brave heroes of Solidarity. The first post-communist Prime Minister of Poland Tadeusz Mazowiecki and the Speaker of the Senate Bogdan Borusewicz talked about Poland’s transformation in the early ’90s, they also spoke about cooperation with other countries in Central Europe and North Africa that wish to make similar changes. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski talked about Poland’s activities in Tunisia for the promotion of democracy and gave assurances that Poland will support the political transition in Libya. Obama also expressed his appreciation for Polish activities in Belarus. Poland was the driving force for a common EU position condemning Lukashenko for his brutal crackdown of the opposition, civil society and independent media after the elections. Poland also participated actively in the elaboration of a mutual US-EU position for Belarus, and thus the insertion of tougher sanctions. After the meeting, President Obama spoke briefly with young democrats. The hope is that these young Polish democrats will follow in the footsteps of Solidarity, and with US help, forge a better future.

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