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Poland: President Determined To Aid Neighbors

Madrid, 9 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Speaking today in Madrid, Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski said that Poland is determined to expand cooperation with neighboring countries to facilitate future further expansion of NATO.

Kwasniewski said at a press conference that followed a NATO summit that Poland supports the Baltic states' aspirations to join the Western alliance and intends to help them by expanding economic and political ties. He also said that he considered Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO as a factor of regional stability.

Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine are planning to have a special summit in September in Vilnius to talk about ways to assure cooperation.

Poland is one of the three Central European countries, alongside the Czech Republic and Hungary, to win an invitation from NATO to begin membership negotiations.