West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher: Staying Home

Genscher shows displeasure

The three-day visit to Poland by West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher was to be the first by a high-level West German diplomat since martial law was declared in December 1981. But only hours before takeoff last week, a testy Genscher canceled his visit. One major reason: a Polish government suggestion that it would be inappropriate for Genscher to visit the grave of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the Solidarity supporter who was murdered last month. In addition, the Warsaw regime vetoed Genscher's request to lay a wreath at the grave of...

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