US Senators urge Poland to respect democracy

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Three US senators, including former republican presidential candidate John McCain and two democrats Ben Cardin and Richard J. Durbin, have written a letter to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, in which they called for respect for the rule of law and democracy in Poland.

The letter starts with the assertion that the senators “are friends of Poland and have close ties to Polish-American communities in the United States.”

The letter further read: “we urge your government to recommit to the core principles of the OSCE and the EU, including the respect for democracy, human rights, and rule of law.”

The senators said that actions taken by Poland “threaten the independence of state media and the country’s highest court and undermine Poland’s role as a democratic model for other countries in the region still going through difficult transitions.” They also urged Poland to “recommit to the shared democratic values enshrined in the Helsinki Accords and EU charter as a means towards ensuring stability, prosperity and peace in Europe.”

On Sunday, Prime Minister Beata Szydło replied in a letter, saying that “the interest and goodwill of the American politicians cannot be changed into instructing and imposing actions concerning my fatherland.”

The following day, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that the senators are ill-informed about the situation in Poland and the letter was inspired by some people who “wish ill for Poland.”

 

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