Poles' bloc partnership votes no economic balm
Sofia, Bulgaria — Poland will get no collective aid in its economic crisis from partners in the Communist trade bloc Comecon. Comecon Secretary Nikolai Fadeyev said some of the nine other active member states had offered help, but no multilateral aid was agreed to at a three-day summit meeting. The bloc also failed to agree on crucial details of its 1981-85 development plan or to make progress in solving urgent economic problems. The setbacks were partly due to Poland's economic disarray, a Romanian delegate said. But national differences within the bloc also held up agreement. The main areas of contention were energy, machine building, and chemicals.
Final agreement on the plan, which was supposed to be ready for last year's summit, was postponed until the 1982 meeting in Budap est, the Romanian delegate said.