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Dispute over the ambassador to NATO. Jacek Czaputowicz: the government would like to demonstrate to the world that there has been a change of power

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Donald Tusk's government would like to demonstrate to the world through diplomacy that there has been a change of power and the change of ambassadors serves this purpose, said former Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz in “Fakty po Faktach”. As he said, in a situation where coabitation takes place, i.e. the government comes from a different formation than the president, “then the initiative lies with the government.”

The current Polish ambassador at FOR THIS Tomasz Szatkowski ends his term and returns to the country. The government chose Jacek Najder as a candidate to replace him. However, the president does not like this change. Andrzej Duda he stated that he would not sign the consent for a new ambassador.

The former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the matter in Saturday's “Fakty po Faktach”. Jacek Czaputowicz.

Jacek Najder would become ambassador to NATO. President: I will not sign the consentTVN24

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Czaputowicz: I proposed Szatkowski myself, but it is long overdue

– I think that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has justified arguments for offering its ambassador to the president – said Czaputowicz. He pointed out that Szatkowski has been serving as Poland's ambassador to NATO “long beyond the agreed deadline.” At the same time, he expressed the opinion that Szatkowski was a “very good ambassador”. – I proposed it to the president myself after consulting the prime minister – he recalled.

The TVN24 guest pointed out that currently “we have a new political situation” and in accordance with the current act, which was introduced in 2021, “an ambassador is a political function, just like a deputy minister, and he should have the support of the parliamentary majority.”

He recalled that this act was signed by President Andrzej Duda. – It is binding and, in my opinion, it should be implemented – said the former minister. – We know that the candidacy of Ambassador Jacek Najder gained a majority in the Sejm committee. This means that the support is elsewhere, he said.

Czaputowicz said that consulting the president when selecting ambassadors “is normal practice.” – But if there are differences of opinion, when the government comes from a different formation than the president, then tensions arise. There was no such situation when I was minister, because then there was consensus when appointing each ambassador. If there is this discrepancy, there is coabitation, then the initiative lies with the government – explained the former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to him, “the president must have very justified reasons not to agree to the recall of the ambassador.” – In my opinion, in the situation of the current ambassador to NATO, there are no such rational reasons – he said.

Who will become the Polish ambassador to NATO?  The government puts forward a candidate, the president speaks "NO"

Who will become the Polish ambassador to NATO? The government puts forward a candidate, the president says “no”Jacek Tacik/Fakty TVN

Czaputowicz: the government would like to demonstrate to the world that there has been a change of power

Czaputowicz said that the government Donald Tusk “would like to demonstrate to the world through diplomacy that there has been a change of power and the change of ambassadors serves this purpose.” – This is basically what our act established – he said, referring to the act that was adopted during the government PIS.

– The government would like to demonstrate in these important institutions, especially before an important event such as the NATO summit, that this change has taken place, that this new ambassador already has the mandate of the parliamentary majority, i.e. a social mandate – he said.

Czaputowicz on the dispute between the president and the government regarding ambassadors: it weakens the position of the Polish state

Czaputowicz on the dispute between the president and the government regarding ambassadors: it weakens the position of the Polish stateTVN24

“This weakens the position of the Polish state”

The head of Polish diplomacy Radosław Sikorski was asked at Saturday's press conference about cooperation with the Chancellery of the President in recalling and appointing ambassadors.

the office of President takes part in the votes of the convention (Foreign Service – ed.) established relatively recently on the basis of the PiS law, which was supposed to give greater powers to the president, and then they pretend that they do not take part in it and that the decisions about which they are informed are theirs unknown. I don't understand it, Sikorski said. – For half a year I have been sending applications for dismissals and appointments, I have not yet received a single signature from the president, and Polish diplomacy must undergo rotation – he emphasized.

The minister pointed out that ambassadors are “expiring their terms.” He said that the last group of ambassadors he would summon to the country “are all people whose terms have ended.” – The president promised me that he would not cause any difficulties in such cases. Unfortunately, I've been waiting in vain for now, he said.

According to Czaputowicz, this situation is “problematic”. – Some responsibility for this will lie somewhere at some point, because it weakens the position of the Polish state – he said. – I think this is an important problem, but I also hope that these are not final decisions yet, and that this issue will be resolved somehow – he said.

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