The Uruguayan Government was bitterly criticised yesterday (Thursday) for failing to negotiate the release of kidnap victims held by Tupamaros guerrillas.
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TRANSCRIPT: Mr. John Fly: (SEQ. 2): "The Tupamaros said--that were captured later--that had the government been willing to continue negotiations they would not have killed Mitrione. And had the government been willing to negotiate, we know that they could have gotten dad released a long time ago, and spared him this heart attack. And had they been willing to negotiate on those matters, I think they might have prevented the kidnapping of Geoffrey Jackson, the British Ambassador, also. I think that political kidnappings are something that need much study by every American country--and every country--and needs some means worked out for dealing with this which will save lives, and at the same time discourage further political kidnappings."
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Background: The Uruguayan Government was bitterly criticised yesterday (Thursday) for failing to negotiate the release of kidnap victims held by Tupamaros guerrillas.
The condemnation came after the release of United States soil expert Dr. Claude Fly, who the Tupamaros freed after six months captivity. He is seriously ill with a heart condition.
At a news conference in Colorado, reporters questioned Mr. Fly's wife and son. The son, Mr. John Fly, was outspoken in comments about the Uruguayan government. Prompter action, he suggested, could have saved the life of another American kidnap victim, security adviser Daniel Mitrione.