POLAND

Created: 1/14/1981

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POLAND

. The regimee buoyed by Solidarity 'e muted response to the eviction of sit-in demonstrators in two southern Polish oiHee over the past several days. eMMM

A local chapter of Solidarity has called for two-hour warning strikes in selected local factories today to protest the government's action,pokesman at Solidarity's national headquarters in Gdansk said -that no nationwide strike was planned and no regional Solidarity chapter could call such an action..

The refusal of the national headquarters toInvolved stems in part from the presence of unionWalesa and several other high-ranking officials In Rome. Solidarity's national leadership previously has refrained from strike threats in support of the farmers, and it wants to avoid being dragged into confrontations generated its regional organisations. taeV

Tbe tougher 1. ward demonstrators by the regime in the past several days may partlyesponse to allegedly strong warnings by Soviet President Breshnev that the Poles must put their house in order. Brezhnev reportedly told Polish Foreign Minister Czyrek in late December that if the Polishcontrol Moscow would be forced to act. eammmmmmmmmmV

The regime probably realised that it could act aggressivelyigh probability of success against the isolated farmers* sit-in demonstration. It will presumably be much more hesitant, however, to accost Solidarity on issues that more directly affect workere*,.

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Kulikov in Poland

Tho Soviet press haa confirmedarshal Kulikov, Commander in Chief of Warsaw Pact farces, is in Poland. He met yesterday with First Secretary Kania, Prime Minister Pinkowski, and Defense Minister Jaxuzelski. On his publicised visits to Eastern Europe. Kulikov is customarily received by the country's top leaders. That the meeting took place two days after his arrival seems to indicate v. that Kulikov was not delivering any specific new message-from the Kremlin. BsSBBBr

According to press accounts, Polish Finance Minister Krxak recently said that Warsaw will decrease defense and police expenditures Outlays will reportedlyercent of the stats budget,ercentage point from last year's figure. Such statisticspen to serious question. ut in defensa spending would be in line with the regime's current policy of shifting resources to the consumer sector to placate the workers, it seems unlikely tbat the Poles would actually reduoa such spending in the current unsettled atmosphere.

Moscow would interpret such an action as weakening Poland's role in the Warsaw Pact and its ability to use forceeduction of spending for defense and security forces would also give the appearance that the regime is capitulating to one of the demands Solidarity made last November, something it would be loath to do. earns-

The Kania regime, meanwhile, has decided to stop the' production of aluminum insource of about one-half of tbe country'sof the pollution problems caused by the industry. Accordingolish newspaper, the decision would have been inconceivable before the Gdansk agreements. Poland evidently plans to import at least part of tha aluminum sacrificed. If the Poles import the total amount of the production shortfall from the West, they would have to spend at least SSOin hard currency, fsj

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