INTRODUCTION: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has held a series of talks in Warsaw with Polish leaders, just ten days before the Polish Communist Party congress (14 July).
SV PULL BACK TO GV (EXTERIOR) Government building in Warsaw.
SV (INTERIOR) Gromyko is greeted by Polish Communist Party leader Stanislaw Kania.
SV Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski greets Gromyko.
CUs & GVs Delegations seated at conference table (3 SHOTS)
GV Soviet flags at war memorial, statue at tomb of unknown soldier being checked by security man for explosives. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Military guard in front of memorial.
GV & SV Gromyko and other officials approaching memorial to lay wreath. (4 SHOTS)
GV Military guards turn, and march off.
GV Gromyko signs memorial book.
GV Outside government building in Warsaw.
SV INTERIOR Gromyko shakes hands with Polish Foreign Minister Jozef Czyrek, and enter conference room together. (3 SHOTS)
GV Delegations seated at table. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has held a series of talks in Warsaw with Polish leaders, just ten days before the Polish Communist Party congress (14 July). Although no details of the meetings have been released, it's thought the 'emergency congress' was high on the agenda. Moscow has voiced concern over the election of congress delegates, which, for the first time, were by secret ballot, and returned mainly new faces.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gromyko was the first senior Soviet official to visit Warsaw since the Kremlin warned the Polish Communist Party that counter-revolutionary forces might try to eliminate orthodox communism at the congress. He was met by Party leader Stanislaw Kania and Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski.
Moscow has also expressed concern that the Solidarity Union had influenced the election of delegates. Because virtually all the party leadership was successful, and most of the new delegates have middle-of-the-road leanings, the Polish Party leadership was hopeful of persuading Mr. Gromyko that the Kremlin has nothing to worry about.
Mr. Gromyko paid a visit to a Soviet cemetery in Warsaw and the tomb of the unknown soldier, where security was heavy. Mr. Gromyko described his visit to Warsaw as brief but friendly, and while he laid a wreath in memory of Poland's war dead, Poland's Communist Party newspaper reminded its readers that the Soviet Union had given Poland over four-billion dollars worth of aid since last summer.
The newspaper said this is proof of the Soviet Union's interest in a strong, stable Poland, and the country must not carry out socialist renewal.
Mr. Gromyko later met with Polish Foreign Minister Jozef Czyrek for talks on international issues, especially Polish-Soviet co-operation in promoting detente. They also discussed security, peaceful coexistence, disarmament and a slowing of the arms race. While the talks were going on, there was visible evidence of the reforms gained from last summer's strikes in Poland. Warsaw and other cities were almost deserted as Poles enjoyed a Saturday off work, one of the gains wrested by Solidarity. The official press also reported the findings of the government's Watchdog Commission into financial abuse by public officials.
After a heavy round of meetings and public appearances, Mr. Gromyko had to head back to Moscow to welcome British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington. Lord Carrington is leading an European Economic Community mission which hopes to persuade the Kremlin to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan.