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"Time': Reagan, pope backed Solidarity

President Reagan, in cooperation with Pope John Paul II, approved a plan a decade ago to secretly supply Poland's outlawed Solidarity movement, Time magazine reports.

Spokesmen for the former president could not be reached Sunday, but Time quoted Reagan as saying that he and the pope felt the division of Europe at the Yalta conference after World War II was "a great mistake . . . and something should be done."

"Solidarity was the very weapon for bringing this about, because it was an organization of the laborers of Poland," Reagan says in the Feb. 24 issue of the magazine, which is available today.

Time said its account, written by Carl Bernstein, was the result of several months of reporting in which more than 75 officials of the Reagan administration and the Vatican were interviewed.

Attempts by Associated Press to reach several officials Sunday were unsuccessful.

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater, who was Reagan's spokesman during part of his second term, said he knew nothing about the program.

Solidarity was outlawed by a declaration of martial law in Poland in 1981.

Subsequently, Time said, "tons of equipment _ fax machines, printing presses, transmitters, telephones, shortwave radios, video cameras, photocopiers, telex machines, computers, word processors _ were smuggled into Poland via channels established by priests and American agents and representatives of the AFL-CIO and European labor movements."

Time said money for the project came from CIA funds, the National Endowment for Democracy, secret Vatican accounts and Western trade unions.