As time runs out for a resolution to the dispute between Chile and Argentina over the disputed Beagle Islands, citizens of both countries met to demonstrate for peace at the border between the two countries on Sunday (8 October).
GV Andes Mountains ZOOM OUT TO Virgin Carmen at Las Cuevas.
MV People walking up hill to Church.
CU Name tag ZOOM OUT TO SV Man and woman.
GV Congregation singing.
GV Congregation PAN TO church.
MV Chilean Bishop of Iquique speaking as congregation listens. (2 SHOTS)
MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Chilean youth reading message. (2 SHOTS)
GV Congregation listening and applauding. (2 SHOTS)
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Chilean and Argentinean prelates offering mass.
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Background: As time runs out for a resolution to the dispute between Chile and Argentina over the disputed Beagle Islands, citizens of both countries met to demonstrate for peace at the border between the two countries on Sunday (8 October). The last round of negotiations begins on October the 23rd. The islands were awarded to Chile by an International Tribunal, but Argentina rejected the verdict claiming the decision was based on historical errors. It has been feared that war might break out over the issue.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held in the Andes, on the frontier between Chile and Argentina. More than 400 people attended the service at the Virgin of Carmen Church in Las Cuevas.
The people who oppose confrontation between their two countries held a service for peace.
The movement for peace has grown up in an increasingly-tense atmosphere between the governments of the two countries. Bot claim the Beagle islands, rich in oil and fish. The Chilean Bishop of Iquique was among the speakers.
A young Chilean read a message addressed to President Jorge Videla of Argentina and President Agusto Pinochet of Chile, asking them to avoid war.
Early in October, Reuters reported that Argentina was moving tanks to garrisons near the disputed border area. The Argentine government plans to hold black-out drill, and has launched a publicity campaign. But the congregation at Las Cuevas prayed for a peaceful settlement.