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    The Uruguayan ambassador to Colombia, Fernando Gomez, has returned to his country after escaping from the Dominican Republic Embassy in the Colombian capital, of Bogota, where left-wing guerrillas are still holding about thirty people hostage.

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    GV PAN Aircraft taxiing towards official party on tarmac at Moneviedo airport
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    GV Aircraft taxiing
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    GV Family of Senor Fernando Gomez walking on tarmac towards aircraft
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    SV Ambulance pulling up to aircraft stairs
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    SV Cameramen taking pictures
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    SV Ambassador Fernando Gomez being carried from aircraft on stretcher
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    Background: The Uruguayan ambassador to Colombia, Fernando Gomez, has returned to his country after escaping from the Dominican Republic Embassy in the Colombian capital, of Bogota, where left-wing guerrillas are still holding about thirty people hostage. Senor Gomez got out of the embassy by tying blankets together and climbing from a window.

    SYNOPSIS: Colombian officials said Senor Gomez was slightly injured when he let go of the blankets and fell to the ground. The embassy has been occupied by members of the M-19 guerrilla group since February the 27th. He left behind eleven ambassadors, two charges d'affaires and about seventeen other people being held captive.

    The ambassador spent several days in a military hospital in Bogota before he returned to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Senor Gomez had earlier suffered a shoulder injury when the guerrillas stormed the embassy in a hail of gunfire. He arrived home on a stretcher carried from the aircraft.

    Unconfirmed reports say Senor Gomez has been criticised for taking individual action in the siege while the other hostages remained. The reports also allege that the ambassadors held in the embassy made a pact not to act individually. It's been announced that fresh talks between the guerrillas and the Colombian government have been scheduled for Monday (24 March). The government says the talks are being reconvened at the request of the hostages. The last talks ended in a stalemate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD99I4ZUZB35YKCYC54C6RCBH6
    Media URN:
    VLVAD99I4ZUZB35YKCYC54C6RCBH6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1980
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    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
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