In a definite bid to improve their image, ministers of the Polish military authorities have been speaking to journalists and foreign government ministers.
POLAND (SILENT) GV Polish Vice Premier, Janusz Obodowski (red tie) seated in centre of officials
SV Woman in audience asking question in Polish
SV Obodowski speaking; GV Audience listening (3 shots)
U.S.S.R.: GV Josef Czyrek, Polish Foreign Minister, met by Andrei Gromyko, Soviet Foreign Minister; both walk away and shake hands with officials
LIBYA: SV Polish Local Economy and Environment Minister, General Tadeusz Hupalowski (in uniform), PAN TO colonel Muammar Gaddafi seated reading letter
VATICAN CITY: SV ZOOM IN Pope John Paul at window reading in Italian from letter; GV people listening. (3 shots)
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Background: In a definite bid to improve their image, ministers of the Polish military authorities have been speaking to journalists and foreign government ministers. Poland's Vice Premier Janusz Obodowski said at a Warsaw news conference that the total Polish foreign debt was 28.5 milliard (thousand million) US dollars. He said that if Western aid to Poland was cut off, the country would work even closer with the Soviet Union and its socialist allies. Poland needed breathing space, and should not be pressurised, he added. In Moscow, the Polish Foreign Minister was holding talks with his Soviet counterpart, Andrei Gromyko. In Tripoli, the Polish Local Economics Minister General Tadeusz Hupalowski, was thanking the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for his offer of emergency food supplies. A message from General Jeruselski spoke of Polish gratitude for Libya's display of solidarity. But Pope John Paul, speaking from the Vatican, broke a nine-day silence on Poland with criticism of the military government. Addressing 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square, he said that the fundamental right of liberty of conscience was being denied to those Poles forced to resign from Solidarity under the threat of losing their jobs.