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Hungary Rejects Reported Romanian Proposal to Intervene in Poland

October 3, 1989 GMT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ The Hungarian Communist Party has rejected a proposal by Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu for Warsaw Pact intervention to prevent formation of Poland’s new government led by non-Communists, an official said Monday.

Geza Kotai, the Communist Party’s secretary in charge of international affairs, made the remark in an interview with the party newspaper Nepszabadsag. He was confirming reports published in a Polish newspaper that said the Hungarian Communist Party had received such a proposal from Romania’s Communist Party.

A pro-Solidarity Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, published articles Friday saying Ceausescu had summoned the Polish ambassador in August to complain about the planned formation of a Solidarity-led government in Poland.

It said Ceausescu had 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 report did not say if Ceausescu had made such an appeal to other members of the Warsaw Pact, a seven-nation military alliance led by the Soviet Union.

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

Nepszabadsag quoted Kotai as saying, ″In present day Europe, the fate of a nation is decided by the majority of the society in that country, and not by a single party″

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

Hungary’s Communist Party, among the most liberal in the East bloc, has agreed to hold free elections by June and has said it would surrender power if it loses and join the opposition.

″We categorically reject the idea of any interference here, and the Warsaw Treaty can give no grounds for such action,″ Kotai told the newspaper.

At recent Warsaw Pact meetings, the members expressed the stand of non- interference in each others’ internal affairs.