Signor Mariano Rumor, president of the World Christian Democratic Union and former Italian prime minister, has arrived back in Rome at the end of a fifteen-day whistle-stop tour of Latin America.
SV INTERIOR Intransigente Party member, Oscar Alende (on right) being greeted by former Italian Prime Minister Mariano Rumor, in Buenos Aires.
CU Rumor PAN TO Peronist Party Vice-President Deolindo Bittel and PAN TO Alende.
CU Rumor seated and talking to Alende. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Signor Mariano Rumor, president of the World Christian Democratic Union and former Italian prime minister, has arrived back in Rome at the end of a fifteen-day whistle-stop tour of Latin America. During the tour, which included visits to ten different Latin and Central American nations, Signor Rumor called for a return to democracy in Chile, for the release of former Argentinean President Maria Estela Peron from custody, and for safe passage out of the country to be granted to former Peronist president, Doctor Hector Campora.
SYNOPSIS: It was in Argentina the Italian statesman caused the strongest impact with the outspoken statements on Latin American affairs.
In Buenos Aires, he met Argentinean politicians, including Peronist party Vice-President, Deolindo Bittel, and Senor Oscar Alende of the Socialist Intransigente Party. Signor Rumor, however, did not meet President Jorge Videla. The official explanation was that the President could not change the scheduled timing as requested by Rumor, but diplomats saw this as a snub, following the Italian's statements on Argentina.
In particular, Signor Rumor called for the release of former Argentinean president Maria Peron....in custody since the coup in March, 1976, and for safe passage into exile for Dr. Campora, who claimed political asylum in the Mexican embassy during the coup, and has been unable to leave their since. Signor Rumor says he humanitarian reasons.