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Walesa Meets With Jane Fonda And Tom Hayden

February 24, 1987

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Solidarity founder Lech Walesa called for increased U.S. economic cooperation with Poland during a meeting in Gdansk Monday with actress Jane Fonda and her husband, politician Tom Hayden.

Miss Fonda and Hayden, who began a four-day private visit to Poland on Sunday, met with Walesa for two hours at the rectory of St. Brygida’s Church.

Hayden, contacted by telephone in Gdansk, said Walesa welcomed President Reagan’s decision last week to lift remaining U.S. economic sanctions against Poland and advocated increased Western economic contacts with his country.

″I am glad that you made the effort to come here to Gdansk, but you should have come here in the summer,″ Walesa told the couple, whose flight from Warsaw was delayed almost an hour by a snowstorm in Gdansk, a port city on the Baltic.

He gave Miss Fonda a bouquet of carnations in Poland’s national colors, red and white.

Hayden, a Democratic member of the California state legislature, said Walesa appealed ″for Western cooperation, and specifically American cooperation, in helping build up the Polish economy.″ He added, ″We all agreed that economic development requires human rights.″

The United States imposed economic sanctions against Poland after the Communist government imposed martial law in December 1981 and suppressed Solidarity, the first free trade union federation in the Soviet bloc. Solidarity subsequently was outlawed and martial law was lifted in 1983, replaced by a series of tough new laws.

Walesa, contacted by telephone at his Gdansk apartment, declined to comment on the meeting with the Americans.

But a Walesa aide, Bogdan Olszewski, said the talks concerned Solidarity’s views on the present situation in Poland and added, ″We have very nice impressions. It was a free talk ... and they really wanted to understand our views.″

Hayden reported Walesa said Polish authorities should follow up last September’s amnesty for political prisoners by granting trade union freedoms and allowing Solidarity to participate in introducing reforms.

Earlier Monday, Miss Fonda and Hayden met in Warsaw with Polish Minister of Culture Alexander Krawczuk and film director Janusz Majewski, the chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Union.

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