Venezuela has suspended diplomatic relations with Uruguay over the alleged kidnapping of a woman refugee from the Venezuelan Embassy in Montevideo.
GV: Foreign Ministry building
SV INTERIOR: official looking at teleprinter reports
SCU, PULL OUT SV: Newspaper headlines declaring break with Uruguay.
SV: Foreign Ministry spokesman to camera, speaking in Spanish
SV EXTERIOR: people seated reading newspapers
SCU: Newspaper headline PULL BACK TO MV: men reading newspapers
SV and GVS: Caracs street scenes.
The woman alleged to have been kidnapped has not been identified. Nor has the Venezuelan Government said why she was seeking political asylum.
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Background: Venezuela has suspended diplomatic relations with Uruguay over the alleged kidnapping of a woman refugee from the Venezuelan Embassy in Montevideo. Venezuela claims Uruguayan police raided the embassy to seize the woman who was seeking political asylum there.
SYNOPSIS: The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said it's government had ordered its ambassador and staff to withdraw from Montevideo as soon as possible.
The rift between Venezuela and Uruguay made banner headlines in Caracas newspapers. A spokesman for the Venezuelan Government condemned the alleged kidnapping. He claimed that Uruguay had violated Venezuelan territory by the incident. Venezuela also alleged that Uruguayan police assaulted Venezuelan diplomat, Senor Frank Becerra, when he tried to prevent the kidnapping. He said that Venezuela was suspending diplomatic relations because Uruguay had failed to return the woman or give a satisfactory explanation for the incident. There have already been wider repercussions over the incident.
The entire foreign diplomatic corps in Montevideo has issued a statement expressing its profound concern for the security of the embassies in the Uruguayan capital. The diplomats have also sent a note to the Uruguayan Foreign Minister, Dr. Juan Carlos Blanco, deploring the kidnapping. However, the Uruguayan Government has denied the charges and said they're part of a campaign to discredit Uruguay.