Warsaw mayor, US ambassador unveil plaque dedicated to President Wilson

Warsaw mayor, US ambassador unveil plaque dedicated to President Wilson. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski and US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher unveiled a plaque dedicated to US President Thomas Woodrow Wilson in Warsaw on Wednesday.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the president of the United States in the years 1913-1921. In his speech to Congress on January 8, 1918, he presented 14 points which were to serve as a blueprint for world peace and to be used for peace negotiations after World War I.

According to the 13th point, "an independent Polish state should be erected which should include the territories inhabited by indisputably Polish populations, which should be assured a free and secure access to the sea, and whose political and economic independence and territorial integrity should be guaranteed by international covenant."

The plaque was placed on an apartment building at Wilsona Square in Warsaw.

During the ceremony, Trzaskowski noted that President Wilson deeply inscribed himself in the history of Poland, as well as the history of Warsaw. "Every Polish student learns about President Wilson (…) and his role in history as a politician; a realist, but also a practical reformer, a man who counted on cooperation with other states, a multilateral approach in international relations," stressed the mayor of Poland.

"After 123 years of dreams of independence, and thanks to the support of President Wilson, our independence was able to emerge. That is why, Ambassador Mosbacher, I would like to thank our friends from the United States," said Trzaskowski.

The US ambassador was deeply moved by the ceremony, whose purpose was to commemorate President Wilson's contribution to history and the cementing of relations between the United States and Poland. "Who would have thought that thanks to the friendship of President Wilson with Ignacy Paderewski, it would be possible to return independence to Poland (…)," said Mosbacher.

As she said, "the admiration for Poland, by the US, continues and will continue during the administration of President Donald Trump."

"We are proud that after 100 years, the United States and Poland support and cement their friendship so strongly (…). This would not be possible without the fact that, on both sides of the Atlantic, we have very strong leaders who guarantee that this friendship will last," said Mosbacher.