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Unrest in Poland



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The M i n i s t e r f o r F o r e i g n A f f a i r s , Mr Andrew P e a c o c k ,

s a i d t o d a y t h a t t h e Government was f o l l o w i n g c l o s e l y r e p o r t s

•of what was now o c c u r i n g i n Poland, a c o u n t r y whose s t a b i l i t y

and w e l f a r e were c r u c i a l t o t h e p e a c e an d s e c u r i t y o f E u r o p e .

A u s t r a l i a and o t h e r W e s t e r n c o u n t r i e s n a t u r a l l y r e m a i n e d

s y m p a t h e t i c t o t h e eco n o m ic a n d p o l i t i c a l d i f f i c u l t i e s

f a c i n g P o l i s h w o r k e r s .

Mr P e a c o c k s a i d t h a t t h e s i t u a t i o n a p p e a r e d t o r e s e m b l e

somewhat t h a t o f 1956 when w o r k e r s r i o t e d i n Poznan and o t h e r

e x a m p le s i n t h e s e v e n t i e s when a s now t h e r e seemed t o h a v e

b e e n s t r o n g i n d u s t r i a l a c t i o n a s s o c i a t e d t o some d e g r e e w i t h a

p o l i t i c a l r e f o r m movement. . .

The M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t the Government ho p e d t h a t t h e

c u r r e n t d i f f i c u l t i e s c o u l d b e r e s o l v e d by t h e P o l e s t h e m s e l v e s

i n a c o n c i l i a t o r y and p e a c e f u l m an n e r w h i c h t o o k a c c o u n t o f

t h e a s p i r a t i o n s o f t h e P o l i s h p e o p l e and o f t h e i r g r e a t

t r a d i t i o n o f n a t i o n a l i n t e g r i t y . " I t was i n c u m b e n t on a l l

c o u n t r i e s t o a l l o w P o l a n d t o s o l v e i t s p r o b l e m s i n . i t s own w a y ,

Mr P e a c o c k s a i d , " t h e r e i s n o t h i n g t o b e g a i n e d i n my view by ■

i n t e r f e r e n c e from o u t s i d e i n w h a t e v e r f o r m " .

Mr P e a c o c k s a i d t h a t h e was aw are t h a t t h e r e was much

p r e s s s p e c u l a t i o n a b o u t w h e t h e r o r n o t t h e S o v i e t Union m i g h t

i n t e r v e n e , and o f c o u r s e s u c h s p e c u l a t i o n was u n d e r s t a n d a b l e

g i v e n t h a t c o u n t r y ' s p r e v i o u s r e c o r d o f b e h a v i o u r . However he

h a d t o s a y . t h a t any a t t e m p t by a n o t h e r c o u n t r y t o i n t e r v e n e

d i r e c t l y i n P o l a n d ' s i n t e r n a l a f f a i r s w o u ld b e v ie w e d by t h e

Government and by t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l community a t l a r g e , a s a

v e r y g r a v e d e v e l o p m e n t i n d e e d .

. In c o n c l u s i o n , t h e M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t he n o t e d w i t h

c o n c e r n r e c e n t r e p o r t s t h a t d i s s i d e n t s h a d b e e n d e t a i n e d i n

P o l a n d and t h a t t h e S o v i e t Union h a d jammed w e s t e r n r a d i o

b r o a d c a s t s a b o u t t h e d i s t u r b a n c e s . Such a c t i o n s w e re c o n t r a r y

t o t h e s p i r i t o f t h e H e l s i n k i F i n a l Act t o w h ich b o t h P o l a n d

a n d t h e S o v i e t Union w e r e . s i g n a t o r i e s .