Prime Minister Beata Szydło on appointments to the rank of General

Several days ago, Prime Minister Beata Szydło met with President Andrzej Duda. She listened to his doubts as to a new command system of the Polish Armed Forces, which was being developed at the Ministry of National Defence and the related promotions to the rank of General. During the meeting, the President also referred to the case of Brigadier General Jarosław Kraszewski, Director of the Armed Forces Supervision Department at the National Security Bureau. In accordance with the provisions of the Act on the protection of classified information, the Military Counterintelligence Service initiated the verifying proceedings against the General.

The Prime Minister listened to the objections on the part of the President and then she asked for explanations from the Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz and the Minister – Member of the Council of Ministers and Coordinator of Special Services, Mariusz Kamiński. Having become informed of the fact that the proceedings against General Kraszewski had been in progress, the Prime Minister expressed her expectation that it would be completed without undue delay.

In the opinion of the Prime Minister, those proceedings should not affect the procedure regarding the promotions to the rank of General, which was the responsibility of the President.

Also, the President of the Council of Ministers expects that the institutions working on developing a new command system – i.e. the Ministry of National Defence and National Security Bureau – will work in a spirit of consensus and responsibility for the development of our army and in the interest of state security. For the Polish Government, the security of Poland and Poles is a priority. Therefore, in such an important issue the institutions may not work under time pressure or in the atmosphere of excessive emotions.

The changes in the army must be made unhurriedly and carefully. We may not repeat the errors which occurred during the implementation of the currently applicable Command and Control System of the Polish Armed Forces. Back then, the underdeveloped reform which was implemented too hasty, resulted in a chaos in the Polish Army command structures.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło is of opinion that all those whom the Poles trusted and to whom they gave the charge over the Polish matters, should forget about mutual animosity and be guided only by the responsibility for the present and the future of our Homeland.

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