Following Britain's recapture of the Falkland Islands on June 14, more than 5,000 Argentine prisoners of war have been sent back to their homeland on board the British ferry "Norland" and the liner "Canberra".
SV General Cristino Nicolaides being sworn in with former President Leopoldo Galtieri looking on.
SCU Military witnesses. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Air Force commander. Brigadier Basilio Lami Dozo, signing. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Navy Commander. Admiral Jorge Isaac Anaya, signing. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Galtieri with new army Commander Nicolaides looking on. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Nicolaides signing. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Government spokesman speaks as Galtieri listens (4 SHOTS)
SCU/SV Galtieri shakes hands with others. (4 SHOTS)
SV EXT Nicolaides speaking to troops. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Interim President General Alfredo Saint Jean walking through crowd and past newsmen.
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Background: Following Britain's recapture of the Falkland Islands on June 14, more than 5,000 Argentine prisoners of war have been sent back to their homeland on board the British ferry "Norland" and the liner "Canberra". After their return, the men were praised for their courage by Argentina's new army commander, General Cristino Nicolaides, who was formally sworn in on June 18. His predecessor, General Leopoldo Galtieri, was forced to resign his army command and the presidency for his handling of the Falklands war. Former Interior Minister, General Alfredo Saint Jean, will be interim president until junta members General Nicolaides, Navy Chief Admiral Jorge Anaya, and Air Force chief, Brigadier Basilio Lamo Dozo, decide on a new president. Three rounds of talks were said to have ended in deadlock on June 20. But most newspapers reported the junta agreed to make way for a civilian government in 1984. The independent news agency Noticias Argentinas also said that Argentina's ambassador to Venezuela, Juan Ramon Aguirre Lanari, was a likely choice for president if the junta failed to agree on a military figure.