Council of National Directors

Spring Meeting 2011

Thursday & Friday, May 12 & 13, 2011
Embassy Suites
5500 N. River Rd.
Rosemont IL 60018

Resolutions passed by the Council

The Polish American Congress supports the Citizens Project of Repatriation Legislation (Obywatelski Projekt Ustawy Repatriacyjnej) submitted for consideration to the Polish Parliament (Sejm) on September 15, 2010 by the Citizens Committee of the Legislation Initiative “Return to Homeland” (Obywatelski Komitet Inicjatywy Ustawodawczej "Powrót do Ojczyzny". The change of the existing repatriation law is a necessary step in enabling the return and settlement in the Republic of Poland of the Polish nationals and their descendants who who had been deported to Kazakstan, Siberia and other eastern provinces of the Soviet Union during the Stalin-era repression.

The Polish American Congress calls upon the Polish Parliament to accept the Citizens Project of Repatriation Legislation.

The Polish American Congress expresses deep concern about the events following the plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2010 which took the lives of scores of Polish government, church and other officials.

The Polish American Congress expresses deep solidarity with the families of the crash victims. We believe that an impartial, independent investigation of this matter is at the heart of the interests of the Republic of Poland.

WHEREAS, Col. Ryszard Kukliński was a great patriot who showed enormous dedication for his country and risked his life and the safety of his family to protect Poland from the Soviet Union during the Cold War by supplying information to the United Stes, and

WHEREAS, Col. Ryszard Kukliński provided more than 40,000 pages of Polish and Warsaw Pact classified documents to the CIA, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his outstanding service; and

WHEREAS, Memorial Hall, which contains unique memorabilia connected with Col. Ryszard Kukliński, was created in his honor in 2006 by Professor Józef Szaniawski, who himself financed two rooms in a house in Warsaw’s Old Town; and

WHEREAS, President of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz announced the imminent termination of the operation and activities held in Col. Ryszard Kukliński Memorial Hall; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of State intervened and convinced the President of Warsaw to keep the memorial operating,

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Council of National Directors of the Polish American Congress, assembled in Rosemont, IL, conveys the words of greatest gratitude to the United States Department of State for convincing the government of the Republic of Poland to preserve the Col. Ryszard Kukliński Memorial Hall in Warsaw’s Old Town.

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