Kidnapped British diplomat James Cross--released on Friday after being detained by Quebec separatists for eight weeks in Canada--was re-united with his wife and daughter Susan at London's Heathrow airport on Saturday evening (5 December).
MV Cross and wife down steps of aircraft, and greeted by officials, daughter Susan behind (2 shots)
MV Cross with daughter and wife pose for pictures
MV ZOOM INTO CU Cross.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: CROSS: "I hope you'll all understand that I am very tired, and that it's been a terrible strain not only over the last eight weeks, particularly over the last few days since Wednesday evening, when the denouement of this case started. I just want to say two things. Firstly, how marvellous it is to be back in the world as it were, after being shut up in close confinement for eight weeks, and the thing that strikes me most is how important the simple things of life are, which one takes for granted when we're living our everyday lives. And suddenly when you're deprived of living with your family, of talking with your friends, just breathing fresh air and seeing the sun, one suddenly realises how wonderful these things are. The second thing I want to say is how wonderful it is to be back in England. Lots of times during the eight weeks I never thought I was going to be able to drink a pint of bitter again. I spent a lot of my time, for there was not much else to do, re-living scenes, walking over places and going to pubs and places I've known, talking to people I've known. In many ways it was the only way I could keep going through this nightmare. I'm so happy to be back again with my family. My wife, who I think has gone through a terrible time in the past eight weeks. At least I knew what was happening to me. She didn't. They refused to allow me to communicate with her except on very few occasions. This is really the happiest day of my life."
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Background: Kidnapped British diplomat James Cross--released on Friday after being detained by Quebec separatists for eight weeks in Canada--was re-united with his wife and daughter Susan at London's Heathrow airport on Saturday evening (5 December).
At the airport to greet Mr. Cross were Canadian External affairs Minister Mr. Mitchell Sharp, and Mr. John Davies, British Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to whose Ministry Mr. Cross is attached.
Mrs. Barbara Cross and 24-year-old Susan Cross went straight aboard the airliner which had brought him from Montreal as soon as it pulled up near the airport's V.I.P. lounge.
Later Mr. Cross talked to reporters about his experiences in the hand of the F.L.Q.