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Kerry: Poles know what it means to stand up to tyranny

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Nick Hodge 02.05.2015 10:29
US Secretary of State John Kerry has written to Poland in advance of the 3 May National Day, thanking the country for its commitment to NATO and praising its recent historical achievements.
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“The Polish people know what it means to stand up to tyranny,” Kerry reflected.

“Poland’s story of triumph since the fall of communism inspires advocates of freedom around the world,” he continued.

“You have shown what is possible when people are allowed to embrace and define their own futures.

“The United States commends your support for civil societies from Eastern Europe to North Africa, including the people of Ukraine as they proceed with constitutional reform and elections.

“We value our extensive security relationship as NATO allies. Our troops are proud to serve alongside Polish soldiers in Afghanistan and we honour their shared sacrifice.”

The Secretary of State also paid tribute to Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland’s first non-Communist Prime Minister since 1946, whose grave he visited while in Poland two years ago.

He called Mazowiecki a “devoted advocate for freedom and human rights and democracy.

He concluded that "as you celebrate Constitution Day, the United States stands with you as we work together toward a free, prosperous, and democratic world.”

The Constitution of 3 May, 1791 is widely regarded as the first of its kind in Europe, though it proved short-lived as it triggered a war with Russia and ultimately ended in the Second and Third Partitions of Poland.

The 3rd of May was re-established as a public holiday in Poland following the fall of Communism. (sl/nh)

Source: PAP, US Embassy

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