Presidents Obama and Komorowski review Polish troops in Warsaw.



Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

Poles Have Questions for President Obama!


This Friday and Saturday, the President of the United States will visit Warsaw. He will participate in the 17th Summit of Central European Countries and meet our politicians, representatives of the democratic opposition, and some of the relatives of those who tragically perished in the Smolensk air crash. We dont know what they'll discuss, but we do know what some people would like to ask the U.S. leader.




Translated By Ewelina Kabat


May 26, 2011


Poland - Gazeta Wyborcza - Original Article (Polish)

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[Editor's Note: Much of this article revolves around the April 11, 2010 Smolensk air crash, which took the lives of 97 of Poland's leading politicians, soldiers and intellectuals, including the president. The country has yet to recover. Ironically, the Polish passengers on their way to Smolensk, Russia; were, along with Russian leaders, about to take part in a memorial intended to heal the pain of the Katyn massacre, the mass execution of Polish nationals perpetrated by the Soviet secret police in April-May 1940. Many Poles believe there is some kind of cover up - or even that it was a conspiracy hatched by the former opposition party, who now govern the country.]



Could you help me, please?


Jadwiga Gosiewska, mother of former MP Przemysław Gosiewski who lost his life the Smolensk crash, wrote a letter to Barack Obama asking for a meeting: I am confident that you could help me and other families who lost their loved ones in the Smolensk catastrophe, by ordering an independent international investigation. The actions taken so far don't engender the confidence that human rights are being respected. Hoping that you'll understand, I ask that you receive me and hear me out.



Will you involve yourself in the investigation?



Relatives of other victims of those who died in the Smolensk catastrophe would like to meet Obama as well. Stanisław Zagrodzki, cousin of Ewa Bakowska who also died on April 10, would ask him: Why didnt the American administration get involved in the investigation, or at least appoint someone to take part in it, particularly when one of the victims was an American citizen. As we know, Wojciech Seweryn had dual citizenship - Polish and American. [Translators Note: Ewa Bakowska was a granddaughter of Mieczyslaw Smorawinski, a famous Polish general killed in the Katyn massacre of 1940. She was also an active member of a group representing the families of those who died at Katyn].



Question Two: Does the United States, or its intelligence agencies, have intelligence on the possible causes of the TU-154 crash in Smolensk? Will they co-operate and pass this information onto the agencies investigating the disaster? Zagrodzki would also ask whether U.S. authorities posses satellite imagery of the tragedy, and if they've managed to gather any information about the people who may have been involved in the catastrophe, or who have hindered the investigation.



New technologies and shale gas



Grzegorz Napieralski, leader of the Democratic Left Alliance, would like to question Obama on issues relating to Polish-U.S and E.U.-U.S. cooperation, in the battle to lessen the effects of the financial crisis, for example; what joint actions toward stabilization could we share in terms of finance and the economy, and what should we make of the after-effects of the crisis, particularly in terms of events in China relating to its currency reserves and financial expansion? Napieralski added that he would also like to ask Obama about U.S. government plans for using innovation and modern technologies to allocate financial resources, and how they affect the economic development of the country. He would also like to raise the sensitive issue of visas for Poles. Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, said that he would also like to talk to President Obama about the shale gas issue.



National security and economy


Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, leader of the Poland Comes First Party, says: The visit of the President of the United States is a good time to talk about both security and the economy, as they pertain to our relations with the United States. Some form of special status for U.S.-Polish relations would allow us access to the newest technologies, which could strengthen our security.



Shale gas: we wont manage on our own



Zbigniew Lawicki, specialist in American studies, also thinks we should talk to Obama about our country's shale gas resources. But Lawicki explained that he wasn't referring to producing the gas, because that is a matter for U.S. companies that presidents have nothing to do with. Rather, he is concerned about the ongoing Russian-German-French propaganda campaign intended to impede or prevent the exploitation of our shale gas deposits. If Poland stands alone, we wont be able to realize the great hopes we have for exploiting these deposits.



The missions we share



Defense Minster Bogdan Klich expects President Komorowski to raise the issue of Polish-American security cooperation with President Obama, particularly regarding military operations in Afghanistan.



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