Poland courts EAC

The East African - - NEWS - By CHRISTO­PHER KIDANKA The Eastafrican

A NEW MEM­BER of the United Na­tion’s Se­cu­rity Coun­cil — Poland — has pledged to back East African coun­tries’ agenda in the Coun­cil.

Poland For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Prof Jacek Cza­putow­icz told The Eastafrican that Poland is keen to spur sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, and with the Coun­cil to en­sure that this is achieved.

He cited some chal­lenges fac­ing the re­gion, which would re­quire Se­cu­rity Coun­cil back­ing such as the in­flux of refugees, ter­ror­ism and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion.

“The re­gion is gen­er­ally sta­ble and it is known for its ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in peace­keep­ing mis­sions. Poland and the en­tire East Africa have en­joyed his­tor­i­cal cor­dial re­la­tions and us­ing our non-per­ma­nent mem­ber­ship in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil we are keen to push for the re­gion’s agenda when­ever there is a need,” he said.

Prof Cza­putow­icz was open­ing his coun­try’s em­bassy in Tan­za­nia af­ter it was closed in 2008 over bud­get cut dur­ing global fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

Prof Cza­putow­icz said Poland had noted a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties in East Africa, and would exand its foot­prints through di­rect in­vest­ment, ed­u­ca­tion co-oper­a­tion and diplo­macy.

“There are some is­sues which we be­lieve should be set­tled in­ter­nally such as prob­lems in hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion, good gov­er­nance and democ­racy but when the needs be ex­ter­nal help is also com­mend­able,” he said.

Prof Cza­putow­icz termed as un­for­tu­nate, a move by some East African coun­tries to try to with­draw from Rome Statutes, which gives the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court man­date to fight im­punity.

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