A top Polish official last night rejected a call by former Solidarity chairman Lech Walesa for conciliatory talks, stating that the union's leadership fumbled its chance for agreement with Communist authorities in 1981.
Accusing Solidarity activists, whose independent trade union was formally dissolved last October, of wanting now to foster new tension and unrest in Poland, Deputy Premier Mieczyslaw Rakowski ruled out the revival of the "traditional triangle" of power-sharing in Poland among the government, the Roman Catholic Church and Solidarity.
"We will not depart from the line of conciliation and agreement, but not conciliation with those who want to sow anxiety and uncertainty in troubled heads of Poles," he told a meeting of workers at the Nowa Huta steel works Monday that was broadcast on television last night.
"One cannot call for, declare the will for conciliation and at the same time meet the leaders of underground Solidarity," Rakowski added in reference to Walesa's secret rendezvous earlier this month with Solidarity's provisional corrdinating committee.
In Gdansk, Walesa met for more than four hours with officials at the Lenin Shipyard but they failed to agree on the conditions under which we would return to work full-time.