Government purges diplomatic corp.
The new PiS government has called back to Warsaw 10 ambassadors with alleged links to the old communist regime. Diplomats from Algeria, Argentina, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Israel, Lithuania and Slovenia have all been recalled in a purge of those “linked to communist-era special services or to the communist party", a Foreign Ministry spokesman told AP today.
One of those who have ‘lost credibility as representatives of Poland’, according to the Foreign Ministry, is the Polish Ambassador in London, Zbigniew Matuszewski (pictured above), who entered the Polish diplomatic service in 1980, the same year as the Solidarity trade union was founded.
But his career decision was not as a consequence of reading Marx and Engels, apparently. He was merely “one of a group of relatively young diplomats who were professionally, not politically, motivated,” he told the Diplomatic Information Group.
The move comes only weeks after the PiS government had a clear out of the top level of the secret services.
PiS stood on a ticket of 'cleansing' Poland of what they see as corrupt ex-communists from public life.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 1/05/2006