INTRODUCTION: Conflicting reports continue to come out of Poland, with military authorities stressing that the situation is calm, but western diplomats reporting resistance to the military regime.
WASHINGTON, U.S.A. (VISNEWS NEW YORK)
GV U.S. President Reagan speaking
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) THROUGHOUT REAGAN: "I want emphatically to state tonight that if the outrages in Poland do not cease, we cannot and will not conduct business as usual with the perpetrators who aid and abet them. Make no mistakes, their crime will cost them dearly in their future dealings with American and free people everywhere. But to underscore our fundamental opposition to the repressive actions taken by the Polish government against its own people, administration has suspended all sponsorship of agricultural and dairy products to the Polish government.This suspension will remain in force until absolute assurances are received that distribution of these products is monitored and guaranteed by independent agencies. We must be sure that every bit of food provided by America goes to the Polish people not their oppressors. The United States is taking major efforts to suspend major elements of our economic relationships. We uphold the renewal of the export-import banks' line of export credit insurance to the Polish government. We will suspend Polish civil aviation privileges in the United States. We are suspending the right of Polish fishing fleets to operate in American waters. And we are proposing to our allies further restrictions of high technology exports to Poland. These actions are not directed against the Polish people, they are a warning to the government of Poland that free men cannot and will not stand idly by in the face of brutal oppression."
Background: INTRODUCTION: Conflicting reports continue to come out of Poland, with military authorities stressing that the situation is calm, but western diplomats reporting resistance to the military regime. In America, President Reagan has outlined his reaction by declaring that the Soviet Union was behind the military intervention.
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