INTRODUCTION: Colombia has proposed an inter-American conference on Cuba - to discuss what its Foreign Minister called Cuba's "clear intention of interfering in the internal affairs of Latin American countries".
CU PAN Crowed surround car in which Garcia Marquez leaves.
CU Garcia Marquez winds down window and speaks to journalist while car stationary
LV & TRAVEL SHOT Through streets of Bogota TO airport. (3 SHOTS)
GV Aircraft on tarmac.
CU & TV Garcia Marquez surrounded by journalists walks to aircraft. (3 SHOTS)
CU INTERIOR Wounded guerrilla put onto hospital bed.
CU Cameramen at foot of bed.
CU Journalists surrounding wounded man with microphones, putting questions in Spanish. (2 SHOTS)
CU Injured man replying.
SV & CU Journalists ushered out, injured man carried away. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Colombia has proposed an inter-American conference on Cuba - to discuss what its Foreign Minister called Cuba's "clear intention of interfering in the internal affairs of Latin American countries". A week age (23 March) Colombia broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba, accusing it of training anti-government Colombian guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: The deteriorating relations between the two countries led the Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez to leave the country and seek asylum in Mexico. Last Wednesday (25 March) he took refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Bogota, saying he believed his life was in danger. But the Colombian authorities said he was not being sought by the police and had no need of asylum. They said they believed he had sought it as part of a Leftist campaign to tarnish Colombia's international reputation.
The next day, Senor Garcia Marquez flew out to Mexico. He made his name with his novel "A Hundred Years of Solitude", and is a frequent visitor to Cuba.
Colombia's complaint against Cuba received corroboration from a young Colombian guerrilla who had been wounded and captured by the army in operations in the south of the country, close to the border with Ecuador. The guerrilla, 18-year-old Hermes Rodriquez Benitez, told reporters that he and 69 other men had received three months' military training in Cuba before being flown of Panama and sailing from there to Colombia's Pacific coast.
Colombia's President, Cesar Turbay Ayala, said when the diplomatic break was announced that Cuba had provided...arms and training for guerrillas of the leftist M-19 group, who had secretly entered Colombia two weeks ago. He also said that after what the captured guerrilla has said, a large arms cache which had been seized by the army had been traced to Havana.