‘I am glad that citizens perceive safety challenges the same way as authorities and that there are different nationality soldiers voluntarily serving in the army – Poles, Ukrainians and Russians. People of different nationalities are joining the The Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union’ – says President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Asked, if the role played by Poles in Lithuanian society is visible, President replies that she would like the role to be even more significant.
‘There is dissatisfaction occurring that is inspired by politicians, but Lithuania has always been opened to people of various beliefs and nationalities. It has been distinguished among other countries. I am happy to see the involvement of Poles in matters where they are indispensable.
For instance at Kaziuko mugė (or Saint Casimir’s Fair) I was looking for palms. Poles make the best palms in Vilnius Region. I found the most beautiful, made according to cultural heritage traditions, prepared in Ciechanowiszki, where I have been a few years ago. It is unique and nobody is able to replace it. I myself am from Vilnius and it is very precious to me’ – says President.
Grybauskaitė has added, that she was recently accepting the oaths of newly appointed lawyers, among which there was a polish woman from Lithuania.
‘I would like all our citizens to feel important, because they actually are. No matter where they are from and what blood flows through them. The 11th of March is a day of freedom of all the nations and I am encouraging to celebrate it, being proud of our common Lithuania – President highlights.
Tłumaczenie by Agnieszka Piontek w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Agnieszka Piontek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.