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September 04, 1988

MEMORANDUM BY LECH WALESA, 'ON STARTING THE ROUNDTABLE TALKS'

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    Memorandum by Lech Walesa, “On Starting the Roundtable Talks,” regarding topics for negotiations
    "Memorandum by Lech Walesa, 'On Starting the Roundtable Talks'," September 04, 1988, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Personal papers of Andrzej Stelmachowski. Translated for CWIHP by Jan Chowaniec. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113144
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Right now we can begin to discuss the topics for negotiations, which I presented in my statement of 26 August.[1] I think that in the beginning of next week talks should be concerned with two questions:

1) implementation of the promise made by the authorities that there would be no repression toward striking workers, and that those [repressive measures] have been applied, will be annulled,

2) union pluralism and within its framework the legalization of NSZZ[2] “Solidarity”, consistent with the postulate of the striking crews.

I think that the first stage of implementing the principle of the “Roundtable” as a process should be a factual discussion of the above topics and preliminary decisions. The composition of the meeting should initially be trilateral,[3] as was our meeting on 31 August.[4] I am going to present personal proposals separately.

A positive consideration of the above mentioned questions will allow for a broader debate on economic and political reforms in our country.

Gdansk, 4 September 1988

[signed][5]

[1]. It concerns a “Statement of the Dialogue” of 25 August 1988, submitted to the authorities on 26 September 1988. See footnote 16 in document No. 6.


[2]. Niezalezne Stowarzyszenie Zwiazkiw Zawodowych, the Independent Association of Trade Unions.

[3]. It means representatives of the authorities, “Solidarity” and the Church.


[4]. On 31 August 1988 a meeting occurred in Warsaw, with Cz. Kiszczak, S. Ciosek, L. Walesa and archbishop J. Dabrowski participating.


[5]. Illegible signature of Lech Walesa.