Leaving behind a somewhat fraught situation in Ecuador, Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende continued his three-nation tour by starting a state visit to Colombia yesterday (Saturday).
GV TILT DOWN Airport building and crowds
LV Aircraft taxiing
GV Crowds waving
GV President Allende leads party down aircraft steps
GV Crowd waving
GV & SV Allende greeted by Pastrana and others
LV Guard of honour
SV & GV Presidents at attention
SV & GV Allende speaking PAN TO crowd
SV Crowd with banner
SV Plaque on embassy wall
SV Allende enters
GV Soldiers and flags outside embassy.
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Background: Leaving behind a somewhat fraught situation in Ecuador, Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende continued his three-nation tour by starting a state visit to Colombia yesterday (Saturday). Thousands of Colombians added to the airport welcome, which was led by President Misael Pastrana Borrero. In a brief airport speech, President Allende said he was not undertaking the four-day official visit as a representative of a political faction, but rather as a representative of his government and people.
Earlier, President Allende had cut short his schedule in Ecuador because of a leg ailment. Doctors advised him to rest. But there were reports that the possibility of left-wing demonstrations in support of the Chilean leader was a source of worry and possible embarrassment to Ecuador's conservative government.
SYNOPSIS: At Bogota airport, thousands of Colombians prepare a rousing reception for Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende, who flew in at the start of a four-day official visit on Saturday. It was part of a current three-nation tour.
President Allende led the Chilean party from the aircraft. Observers noted he was limping slightly. Earlier, his visit to Ecuador was cut short by a leg ailment.
The Chilean leader was greeted by Colombia's President Misael Pastrana Borrero. President Allende left a somewhat fraught situation behind him in Ecuador. There were reports that the prospect of left-wing demonstrations in support of the Chilean leader were source of embarrassment to Ecuador's government.
In an airport speech in Bogota, President Allende--the West's first freely-elected Marxist head of state--said that he had come to Colombia representing his government and people, not a political faction. Later, after driving in a motorcade through crowds shouting "Long live Chile, Long live Allende", the President visited the Chilean embassy for a rest from his exhausting tour. He is accompanied by his wife, the Chilean Foreign Minister and Army Commander.