December 12, 1988
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, in Paris on his first trip abroad in seven years, visited four national unions but snubbed France's largest labor federation, the Communist-led General Confederation of Labor. Walesa met with leaders of the smaller French Democratic Confederation of Labor, the French Confederation of Christian Labor, the Workers Force and the General Confederation of Cadres, thanking them for their support over the years and urging East and West Europe to come together in peace.
April 19, 1989 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa and Polish Communist Party chief Wojciech Jaruzelski met Tuesday for the first time in seven years, in a deliberately low-key session that seemed designed to impress the Polish public that discussions between the two longtime adversaries have become commonplace events. The meeting came one day after a Warsaw court formally registered Solidarity as a functioning union, restoring the organization to its position as the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe, a status it lost when Jaruzelski imposed martial law in 1981 and ordered Walesa's arrest.
December 4, 1988 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, who has not been allowed to leave Poland since 1981, has been given permission to travel to France later this month, his wife said Saturday. The apparent change in policy would allow him to attend a ceremony in Paris on Dec. 10 marking the 40th anniversary of the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.