President of Poland Focuses on Missile Defense Throughout Official Visit to United States

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, President of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance(MDAA) spent yesterday at events where Poland's President Lech Kaczynski demonstrated his support of missile defense. Ellison's comments to the membership of MDAA are as follows:

"The President of Poland , Lech Kaczynski, representing the Republic of Poland demonstrated to Russia , NATO, the United States and most importantly his public, Poland's commitment and resolve to secure missile defense and enhanced security with the United States . The public testament displayed by President Kaczynski in the United States over the past two days follows a 90-5 US Senate vote last Friday to move forward with a missile defense solution to defend Europe and the United States from Iran as soon as feasible."

Ellison pointed out that there were three significant events attended by President Kaczynski and the official Polish Delegation to show his determination and movement towards a stronger relationship with the United States and placement of a US missile defense system in Poland . He spent time with President George Bush . He visited the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, and he visited Vandenberg AFB, California. Riki Ellison, representing MDAA, was at two of these events.

In Washington DC in a meeting with President Bush on missile defense, President Kaczynski went on record with this quote:

"Another very important issue is the issue of missile defense. And I would like to emphasize that we discussed it in terms of defensive instruments, because it is aimed at defense of our democracies against the countries who might have, or already do have nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction. So it is really a defense instrument, missile defense instrument. And so I do hope that all this project, the whole project will be completed successfully."

Riki Ellison was at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California where President Kaczynski presented the Order of the White Eagle (highest and oldest award of the Republic of Poland , established in 1705) posthumously to President Ronald Reagan with Nancy Reagan accepting.

Later that day, Ellison attended ceremonies at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Ellison remarked, " President Kaczynski got to inspect and review the deployed United States long range ground-based missiles in the silo of the active launch facility at the Ronald Reagan Missile Defense site as well as a missile being assembled in the missile assembly facility. He was impressed and reminded us of what President Bush said during their meeting at the White House:

"And there's no better symbol of our desire to work for peace and security than working on a missile defense system -- a missile defense system that would provide security for Europe from single or dual-launched regimes that may emanate from parts of the world where leaders don't particularly care for our way of life, and/or in the process of trying to develop serious weapons of mass destruction. And I thank you, Mr. President , for your vision and your understanding about the nature of the world in which we live. And I thank you for working on behalf of securing the security of others. And we continue to work and consult very closely with you."

Ellison closed his remarks by saying, "We at MDAA on behalf of our nation, our allies and friends, thank President Lech Kaczynski for his drive and political will to be in the forefront of NATO and to make Poland as well as our world a safer place."

Riki Ellison is available to talk about his visit to the Reagan Library and his observations on Poland's support of deployment of our missile defense system into Poland . Call Mike Terrill at 602-885-1955 to arrange an interview.

SOURCE Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance