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Romania’s Ceausescu Proposes Warsaw Pact Intervention in Poland

October 3, 1989 GMT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ President Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania proposed that forces of the Warsaw Pact military alliance intervene to stop Poland from forming a government headed by non-communists, a Hungarian official says.

The pro-Solidarity Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza said Friday that Hungary’s Communist Party had received such a proposal from Romania’s Communist leaders, who staunchly oppose the wave of reform sweeping the East bloc.

Geza Kotai, secretary in charge of international affairs of the Hungarian party, said his party had rejected the proposal. His remark came in an interview with the party newspaper Nepszabadsag.

Gazeta Wyborcza said Ceausescu called in the Polish ambassador in August to complain about the planned formation of a Solidarity-led government in Poland.

It said Ceausescu decided to turn to the leaders of the Warsaw Pact to ″jointly act in favor of preventing a serious situation in Poland, in favor of defending socialism and the Polish nation.″

The article did not say if Ceausescu had appealed to other members of the seven-nation alliance led by the Soviet Union.

Kotai said, however, the Hungarian Communist Party received a call for intervention ″and we gave a definite rejection.″

Solidarity journalist Tadeusz Mazowiecki became leader of the Polish government last month, the first non-Communist prime minister in the Soviet bloc.

The Hungarian Communist Party is among the most liberal in the East bloc. It has agreed to hold free elections by June and says it will yield power and join the opposition if it loses.