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November 21, 1989

THE CIVIC FORUM’S POSITION ON THE NEGOTIATIONS OF ITS REPRESENTATIVES WITH PRIME MINISTER LADISLAV ADAMEC, PRAGUE

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    The Civic Forum’s Position on the Negotiations of its Representatives with Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec, Prague
    "The Civic Forum’s Position on the Negotiations of its Representatives with Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec, Prague," November 21, 1989, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Ustav pro sodobe dejiny (USD), Akademie ved Ceske republiky (AV CR), Koordinacni centrum Obcanskeho fora (KC OF) Archive, file Dokumenty OF— copy of the computer print. Translated by Caroline Kovtun. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111751
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Part of today's declaration of the government of the CSSR also [contained] information on the meeting of Prime Minister [Ladislav] Adamec 1 with the representatives of the Civic Forum [CF].

The government understood the negotiations to be the beginning of a dialogue and interpreted them in the sense that even this event is testimony to the government's effort to decisively resolve the rising crisis situation. According to the government, this dismisses the reasons for the organization of strikes and demonstrations.

We proclaim: The meeting between the CF's representatives and L. Adamec was merely of an informational character, and therefore could not in any way influence our positions. The CF unequivocally supports the strikes of the students, theater artists, sculptors and painters, and supports the call for a general strike on 27 November as well.
We want to contribute to the eventual dialogue by sharing the responsibility of establishing committees which would represent the broadest public and would initiate negotiations on four of the demands of the fundamental declaration of the Civic Forum.2 Prague, 21 November 1989.

[Source: Ústav pro sodobé d“jiny (ÚSD), Akademie v“d Cheské republiky (AV —R), Koordina–ní centrum Ob–anského fóra (KC OF) Archive, file Dokumenty OF— copy of the computer print. Translated by Caroline Kovtun.]