• Short Summary

    In South America the Colombian Government prepared on Wednesday (5 March) for lengthy negotiations with guerrillas holding diplomatic hostages in the capital of Bogota.

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    GV Traffic in streets of Bogota
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    GV ZOOM OUT Troops and tank outside
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    GV Sign
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    SV Soldiers in street
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    GV EXTERIOR Library (2 shots)
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    GV PAN Newsmen waiting near embassy (2 shots)
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    SV AND CU Troops and military police (2 shots)
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    SVs Newsmen (2 shots)
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    SCU Military policeman
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    GV Crowd around police barricade (2 shots)
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In South America the Colombian Government prepared on Wednesday (5 March) for lengthy negotiations with guerrillas holding diplomatic hostages in the capital of Bogota. Dozens of hostages, including 13 ambassadors, are imprisoned inside the Embassy of he Dominican Republic.

    SYNOPSIS: Talks between the government and the left-wing guerrillas were scheduled to start on tuesday (4 March), but they were postponed for a day. No reason was given for the delay. Tight security was maintained in the streets of Begota, which has been tense since the takeover a week ago. The area around the embassy has been closed to the public, and reporters have been kept away from the building.

    Reporters were allowed to pass through a cordon of troops with special government documents. But they weren't allowed to approach the embassy itself. Justice Minister, Hugo Escobar, told journalists that at one point the guerrillas had threatened to blow up the building.

    Aside from direct talks with the authorities, the guerrillas have been demanding the release of more than three hundred political prisoners and a ransom of fifty million United States dollars. They also want the publication of a manifesto prepared by their organisation, called M19, and the withdrawal of security forces posted around the embassy. Five hostages were released after talks held last Saturday (1 March).

    One of the hostages released, Costa Rican Ambassador, Maria Elena Chassoul, told reporters she believed that if any attempt was made to storm the embassy there would be a terrible massacre. The Colombian Government says it is looking for a way to safeguard the hostages without threatening the country's sovereignty.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6N2LR6T18XE94ZPXH22OK5O21
    Media URN:
    VLVA6N2LR6T18XE94ZPXH22OK5O21
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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