The United States Secretary of state, Dr. Henry Kissinger, met privately with the Venezuelan Foreign?
SV & CU Dr. Kissinger speaking to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Dr. Ramon Salom (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Conference building
SV Delegates from Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Chile Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Brazil, Panama, Bolivia and Ecuador (10 shots)
SV Officials at conference desk
SV Dr. Kissinger arriving for conference session, surrounded by newsmen (2 shots)
According to Reuters, Chile regarded the holding of the OAS meeting in Santiago, as a major boost for the government. The junta is anxious to improve relations with other OAS states in general and the United States in particular. Apart from the human rights violations, the government faces an enormous economic problem. Most independent experts estimate a rate of inflation of 300 per cent. To reduce this, the military government is trying to improve the economy -- and is looking to Washington for support. However, Dr. Kissinger has reflected the growing antipathy against the junta in America. And economic and financial aid to Chile could be at risk unless the human rights question is resolved.
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Background: The United States Secretary of state, Dr. Henry Kissinger, met privately with the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Dr. Ramon Salom, during the Organisation of American States (OAS) conference in Santiago on Wednesday (9 June).
SYNOPSIS: According to OAS officials, the violation of human rights in Chile, was the central topic of their discussions. Venezuelan delegate, Dr. Salom, urged Chile to allow an OAS team a free hand to investigate the allegations. The move is supported by Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Honduras. However, Chile has refused the request. The military junta has also rejected a plea to declare a general amnesty for all political prisoners.
But it was Chilean President, General Augusto Pinochet, who proposed inter-American legislation on human rights. The suggestion has failed to impress many delegates. Although, according to Reuters, some OAS states might have more sympathy for the junta, than its opponents. The Chilean human rights question has dominated the conference. Dr. Kissinger has publicly condemned Chile over its treatment of opposition groups. The U.S. Secretary of State also says the reports of human rights violations are causing widespread concern in the United Stated. Chilean exiles have claimed the juntas is conducting a campaign of repression. The allegations appear confirmed by an earlier OAS commission-of-inquiry which found the government is continuing a policy of arbitrary arrest, persecution and torture.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kissinger has warned Chile of the consequences, if the government continues with repressive policies.