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UPDATED: 11:26, June 09, 2006
Poland fails to meet NATO defence criteria, says defense minister
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Poland is among NATO countries that fall short of the alliance's new requirement for its members to allot 2 percent of their GDP to defense, Polish Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in Brussels.

The latest NATO decision, passed earlier Thursday by the alliance's defense ministers, replaced a to-date "gentlemen's agreement" on the matter. The ministers decided to anchor the 2-percent threshold officially after only seven countries proved capable of meeting the criterion.

"Poland is not meeting its membership requirements. If the alliance is to be credible and an insurance policy for the future, all members must channel adequate means to defence. I appeal to parliament to consider this in next year's budget," Sikorski was quoted as saying by Polish news agency PAP.

However, Sikorski added that NATO was pleased with Poland's plans to strengthen its special forces. He also confirmed an offer to erect a NATO Allied Ground Surveillance base in Poland.

Source: Xinhua


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