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August 17, 1989
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Approved for Release: 2019/10/29 C06826757 non i r lj u-1 LI POLAND; Communists, Solidarity on Collision Course Solidarity has reversed its earlier position and now is insisting that its sweeping election victory and the public's demand for change entitle it to form a new Polish Government. Leaders of the movement say they will invite the Communists to head the sensitive Ministries of Defense, Internal Security, and possibly Foreign Affairs. Solidarity's legislative leadership yesterday proposed Lech Walesa as its erdidate for prime minister, but he declined the job. President Jaruzelski and Premier Kiszczak, who between them control the military and security forces, continue to claim that a Solidarity-led government is unacceptable�at least until the opposition shows it will pursue "compromise" and put forwarl "constructive" solutions to Poland's problems Jaruzelski is to meet soon with leaders of the various political group-; to seek a way out. He may try to put off Solidarity by proposing that a Communist reformer, or an independent-minded member of a small party traditionally allied with the Communists, head new government. Comment: Kiszczak's offer to resign, and his suggestion that United Peasant Party leader Malinowski be named premier, suggest the party's position may be flexible. Jaruzelski probably would promise specific reforms to Solidarity while also reminding Walesa that security forces already are urging a crackdown. Solidarity leaders are sensitive to public pressure for fundamental change and are unlikely to back down unless convinced that Jaruzekpjdiake_drasttc action, such as dissolving the legislature. 3 TCS 2891/89 17 August 1989 I. 6.2(d) 6.2(d) 6.2(d) 6.2(d) 6.2(d) 3.3(b)(1) 6.2(d) 6.2(d) 6.2(d) Approved for Release: 2019/10/29 C06826757 Approved for Release: 2019/10/29 C06826757 TorSeCtiet-- NR Record Sec TTC72891/89 17 August 1989 Approved for Release: 2019/10/29 C06826757