In the Central American republic of El Salvador--the whereabouts of kidnapped South African Ambassador--Archibald Dunn--remains a mystery.
TGV City of San Salvador
GV Traffic in street
GV Building where South African Embassy located (2 shots)
GV South African coat of arms outside Embassy, ZOOM OUT Embassy building (2 shots)
GV Political slogans painted on nearby building (2 shots)
GV People outside Embassy building with slogans painted on it (3 shots)
GV AND SV Slogans on walls (5 shots)
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Background: In the Central American republic of El Salvador--the whereabouts of kidnapped South African Ambassador--Archibald Dunn--remains a mystery. His 31 year-old son has made a second appeal for his safe return. Robin Dunn says there's not political significance in keeping his 60 year-old father, because El Salvador has broken diplomatic ties with South Africa over its apartheid policy. The Ambassador was snatched in front of his Embassy by six gunmen.
SYNOPSIS: He arrived in the turbulent city of San Salvador six years ago. His driver says Mr. Dunn feared kidnap.
His sense of danger came to a head when gunmen attacked the building that housed the embassy and three policemen were killed. From that time Ambassador Dunn worked at home-travelling to the Embassy three blocks away only occasionally.
As yet none of the several guerrillas groups operating in the country has claimed responsibility for Mr. Dunn's kidnapping. Police say they're working on all leads but refuse to give more detail. Last May Swiss Charge D'Affaires Hugo Wey was killed by unidentified gunmen as he tried to escape a kidnap attempt. There has been speculation that Mr. Dunn could have been kidnapped by guerrillas of the Armed Forces of National Resistance--the same group which snatched British Bankers Ian Massie and Michael Chatterton last November. They were held for 214 days before being released on payment of a ransom.
Kidnapping are a problem of national concern. Reporters have been told the whole diplomatic corps in El Salvador wants better security.