A widespread search is going on in Canada for the British diplomat, James Cross, kidnapped from his home in Montreal early on Monday )October 5) by four armed men.
GV Kidnapped man's residence
SV Police on horseback outside
CU Mr Sharp (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MR SHARP: "These are wholly unreasonable demands and their authors could not have expected them to be accepted. I need hardly say this set of demands will not be met. I continue however to hope that a basis can be found for Mr Cross's safe return. Indeed I hope the abductors will find a way to establish communication to achieve this. All the authorities concerned are dealing with this case of the basis that we have the double responsibility to do our best to safeguard Mr Cross and at the same time to preserve the rule of law in our country. I can assure the Canadian people that everything possible is being done to meet this double obligation.
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Background: A widespread search is going on in Canada for the British diplomat, James Cross, kidnapped from his home in Montreal early on Monday )October 5) by four armed men. The men are believed to have represented the French Canadian separatist organisation, the F.L.Q. An ultimatum has been received demanding half a million dollars in gold, the freeing of so-called political prisoners and their transport to Cuba or Algeria. The ultimatum is due to expire at 0400 GMT tomorrow(Thursday).
Canadian government officials have condemned the abduction and requested the immediate release of Mr Cross who is reported to suffer from high blood pressure. The Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Mr Mitchell sharp, has described the Kidnappers' demands as wholly unreasonable and said they would not be met.