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"Poland will cease sending troops on far-off military missions," President Bronislaw Komorowski declared in Warsaw during the main celebrations of Polish Armed Forces Day on August 15. Mr. Komorowski said Poland's participation in NATO's ISAF operation in Afghanistan during which 41 Polish soldiers lost their lives had resulted from NATO's solidarity principle – and the application of the Treaty's Article 5.
Now that the ISAF mission is to end by 2014, Poland will "decidedly abandon the overzealous expedition policy we un-cautiously adopted in 2007. Polish troops will no longer be hastily expedited to the world's antipodes", President Komorowski declared in presence of the country's top officials, including Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak. While remaining a "credible and reliable ally", Poland will "perhaps take part in foreign mission in the future," but "within the scope of its needs and possibilities," the Polish leader added.
Poland will continue its participation in the hosting and building of the Aegis Ashore, the land-based component of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and will take part in NATO Exercise Steadfast Jazz military exercises next November.
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