The Leaders of a Christian Youth Group have offered themselves in exchange for the Spanish Ambassador and five other people being held hostage in the Spanish Embassy in San Salvador.
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Background: The Leaders of a Christian Youth Group have offered themselves in exchange for the Spanish Ambassador and five other people being held hostage in the Spanish Embassy in San Salvador. The President of the Democratic Christian Youth Organisation of Latin America, Velardo Vasquez made the offer at a special news conference.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vasquez and several members of his group went to San Salvador after his militant leftist holding the embassy showed no sign of softening their demands. The embassy was seized on February 5 by members of the so-called Popular League of February 28 (LP-28). about 70 members of The League occupied the embassy and demanded the release of 14 comrades jailed by the government. The government later freed eleven of the prisoners, but the militants are still demanding the release of two imprisoned colleagues and three others arrested during the occupation of the embassy. Meanwhile Spanish Ambassador Victor Sanchez Mezas and five other staff members are still being help inside the embassy.
Mr. Velardo Vasquez and another spokesman for the group told newsmen they were offering themselves in exchange for the hostages. They said the offer was intended as a public demonstration of the solidarity of Christian democracy. They warned the seizure of foreign hostages could only intensify a climate of unrest within El Salvador and create conflict with other countries. The Ambassador of Mexico, Ecuador, Italy and France are also attempting to negotiate a solution to the statement.