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Polish Senate Condemns 1968 Invasion of Czechoslovakia With AM-Hungary-Czechoslovakia

August 11, 1989

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ The Solidarity-dominated Senate voted unanimously Friday to condemn 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia as a violation of the ″indispensable right″ to self-determination.

The resolution, passed in connection with the invasion’s 21st anniversary on Aug. 21, also expressed support for the democratic opposition movement in Czechoslovakia, Poland’s southern neighbor.

It said the invasion, which crushed the liberal reforms of the ″Prague spring,″ violated ″the indispensable right of every nation for self- determination and the natural striving for democracy, freedom and respect of human rights.”

Of Poland’s participation, the resolution said: “The entering of the army into Czechoslovakia took place against the will of the Polish nation. The Senate finds it right to express regret and condolence, and at the same time condemns the aggression of 1968, which reversed the process of democratization in Czechoslovakia.”

“We wish strength and success to the Czechoslovak movement for democratic renewal in its work for the good of its homeland, its nation’s freedom and its sovereignty within a fully democratic state,” the resolution concluded.

The freely elected Senate, created in Poland’s recent political reforms, was seated July 4. Ninety-nine of the 100 members were elected on the Solidarity ticket.

Five Solidarity representatives visited Czechoslovakia in July for meetings with Alexander Dubcek, the former Communist Party chief responsible for the 1968 reforms, Czechoslovak dissidents and Roman Catholic church leaders.

Zbigniew Bujak, a Solidarity leader from Warsaw, said on returning that the lack of democratic change in Czechoslovakia - compared to what is happening in Poland, Hungary and the Soviet Union - leaves the process of reform “crippled, deprived of one leg.”