INTRODUCTION: Poland's new Roman Catholic Primate, Archbishop Josef Glemp, met Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski for talks in the capital, Warsaw last weekend (11 July).
GV Archbishop Glemp and Prime Minister (on right) walk into room, with colleagues, sit down. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL OUT GV From roses on table TO group talking.
SEMI CU Glemp chatting to Prime Minister. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Two others at meeting, talking.
SV PULL BACK Glemp talking. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Poland's new Roman Catholic Primate, Archbishop Josef Glemp, met Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski for talks in the capital, Warsaw last weekend (11 July). They discussed the current social conflict, moves towards reform and the economic crisis. They also talked about present relations between church and state, according to an official statement released afterwards. Their meeting came on the eve of the Communist Party National Congress, expected to be the most important in Poland for many years.
SYNOPSIS: The Catholic Church plays an important role in the lives of millions of Poles. So it was not surprising that the new spiritual leader should meet the Prime Minister shortly after his appointment by Pope John Paul. In the light of the problems besetting Poland, it was considered an important meeting.
On Tuesday (14 July), the country begins its national Communist Party Congress as labour unrest and the decline of the economy continues. The two leaders discussed the situation for 1 1/2 hours.
Archbishop Glemp also passed on a message from the Vatican. The Pope declared his support for the process of reform going on in his homeland. And he said Poles had the right to decide their own fate.