At the second day of talks between the West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, and President Ronald Reagan, there was still no substantial agreement over the response to Western countries to the Polish crisis.
SV President Ronald Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt on steps of White House. Reagan speaking.
SV Chancellor Schmidt replies.
GV Secretary of State Alexander Haid says farewell to Chancellor Schmidt and wife from the White House.
SCU Haig speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: REAGAN: "A tangible alliance response to the Polish crisis must be made now. Should we fail to insist that the Soviet Union stop pressuring Poland directly and indirectly, the gravest consequences for international relations could ensure."
SCHMIDT: "Ladies and gentlemen, I can fully subscribe to what your President just told you about the contents and the results of our discussions."
HAIG: "A joint statement by President Reagan and Chancellor Schmidt was released yesterday afternoon which, I think, encompasses in a very detailed way the overall character of the discussions and the close accord that was arrived at between the two leaders. Certainly, first and foremost, within that broad term of accord, was a common assessment that of what is happening in Poland and why it is happening and a common view between the two leaders that the Soviet Union bears a heavy responsibility for the situation in Poland today."
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Background: At the second day of talks between the West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, and President Ronald Reagan, there was still no substantial agreement over the response to Western countries to the Polish crisis. Herr Schmidt was not prepared to endorse the American sanctions although he did join with the American President in condemning the role of the Soviet Union in the events. Previously, the West German Chancellor had expressed irritation at American criticism on the West German attitude to the Polish crisis. He told journalists he was representing the consensus views of Western Europe. The Secretary of State Alexander Haig, later claimed that the talks had unified the Western alliance.