The Cuban leader Fidel Castro has suggested that the left-wing guerrillas involved in the siege of the Dominican embassy in Bogota be allowed to fly to Havana with their hostages and the colleagues they want released from jail.
GV PAN FROM Dominican embassy in Bogota TO Cordoned area with police and news representatives
SV AND GV, Media people beside tents waiting near embassy (2 shots)
SV Armed police guarding surrounding area (4 shots)
SCU INTERIOR, Colombian official talking to woman
GV EXTERIOR, Military hospital in Bogota (2 shots)
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Background: The Cuban leader Fidel Castro has suggested that the left-wing guerrillas involved in the siege of the Dominican embassy in Bogota be allowed to fly to Havana with their hostages and the colleagues they want released from jail. The Colombia government published a message on Monday (17 March) from President Castro to the Colombian President Julio Turbay Ayalla, offering a passage to Cuba as a possible solution to the embassy stalemate.
SYNOPSIS: The eleven ambassadors, two charges d'affaires, and about 16 other people in the embassy spent their 20th day on Tuesday (18 March) as captives of M-19 guerrilla group. M-19 has demanded the release of 70 jailed comrades as a condition for freeing the hostages. President Turbay's government has rejected the demand, saying the 70 were all convicted, or are awaiting trial, for guerrilla actions. The Colombian President said the Cuban offer of refuge for the guerillas was cordial and friendly and he would bear it in mind. But talks with the guerrillas remain deadlocked, as the government waits for the militants to make the next move.
Early on Monday (17 March) the Uruguayan Ambassador Fernando Gomez Fyns escaped from a second floor window of the embassy by knotting blankets together. Officials said he was slightly injured as he fell to the ground.
Mr. Fyns, aged 42, was taken to a military hospital for a check-up.