INTRODUCTION: Poland Communist Party Secretary, Stanislaw Kania, has told the Communist Party Congress in Moscow that the Polish people have been showing greater support for the Party.
GV EXTERIOR Congress building, Moscow. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Delegates milling in foyer. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Delegates in hall applauding Polish Communist Party Secretary Stanislaw Kania's speech.
SV Kania speaking, and delegates listening. (4 SHOTS)
SV Delegates applauding.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Poland Communist Party Secretary, Stanislaw Kania, has told the Communist Party Congress in Moscow that the Polish people have been showing greater support for the Party. He expressed thanks for what he called Soviet faith that Poland could solve its problems by itself.
SYNOPSIS: More than 5,000 delegates have been attending the Congress. Poland, which has suffered industrial troubles during the past year, was a key theme among foreign delegates. Reuters news agency reported that differing views on affairs in Poland suggested that the Kremlin and its allies were not agreeing on how to tackle this problem.
According to Reuters, Mr. Kania said the waves of strikes and unrest had mostly come about through errors and misrule under his predecessor, Mr. Edward Gierek. Mr. Kania took over in September last year from Mr. Gierek, who is now in disgrace. This was Mr. Kania's first speech outside Poland since he took over the leadership. He voiced strong conviction that he could lead Poland out of the sustained crisis without help from abroad. He declared: "We have enough patience to last until all honest Poles and all patriots support the line of the Party". And, he went on, the Party had enough determination for the struggle against its enemies, and to defend Socialism.
Mr. Kania cited some causes for Poland's worries as the violation of Socialist principles, the underestimation of class conflict, and neglect of "ideological duties", which had made the Polish workers more and more dissatisfied. He ruled out force as a means of solving his country's difficulties. Leaders from three major Communist countries -- Cuba, Vietnam and Czechoslovakia -- in earlier speeches, had blamed Western nations for allegedly trying to subvert Poland, and to separate it from the Communist camp.