LEADER OF SOVIET MOLDAVIA CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE ROUND TABLE
MOSCOW — The Communist Party leader of Soviet Moldavia has called for the creation of an East European-style ``round table'' of various political movements to prevent the country descending into violence and mass riots. In a speech to the party's central committee, reported yesterday by the Soviet news agency Tass, Pyotr Luchinsky said people nationwide were fearful about the future.
``Luchinsky proposed setting up a kind of public parliament, a round table to which representatives of all movements, fronts, and unions would be invited alongside representatives of the country's leadership,'' Tass said.
Luchinksy also gave his backing for transformation of the Communist Party into a union of republican parties on a ``united ideological basis.'' And he attacked a new draft party program, presented Monday by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, as not going far enough in reducing the party's monopoly on power.