INTRODUCTION: "Lech Walesa is healthy and is in Warsaw at the Government's request" -- according to the ruling military committee's press adviser.
SV Military spokesman Gornicki speaking
GORNICKI: "It's not you know purely a war of words. It was a threshold of a real, very bloody civil war. There was no foreign involvement, there was no foreign hand. If you really want me to be specific, the state of war was declare in order to make impossible any foreign involvement. We did it in, with our hands, for our domestic purposes in order to save European order and European peace from untold, unforeseeable consequences. There's absolutely not a grain of truth in all those rumours, some of them distributed even by the American Department of State -- so there are very many victims. it is simply not true, you know, all these stories about people being kept in tents on snow suffering from thirst -- this is a plain -- this is a plain idiocy, will a few days you will see for yourself, you will be able to speak to those people.
"If you were permitted to carry every single story that they have to tell -- "I believe so, it may last a little bit longer but certainly not years not months, that's quite obvious."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: "Lech Walesa is healthy and is in Warsaw at the Government's request" -- according to the ruling military committee's press adviser. Speaking at a news conference in Warsaw on Monday (21 December) Captain Gornicki said the Solidarity leader had been visited by a priest and his family. He also claimed Walesa had held some discussions with the military and the church, and was allowed access to the media. Captain Gornicki then went on the disclaim some reports on conditions in Poland under martial law and denied political prisoners are being held under harsh conditions.