Chilean troops continued to ring the Swedish Embassy in Santiago on Saturday (November 10). Ambassador?
GV Swedish Embassy
SV Soldiers search Swedish Ambassador's car as he looks on (4 shots)
SCU Ambassador speaks
"An official spokesman for the authorities in Chile have declared that the Swedish Embassy, now working in the former Cuban Embassy, have been shooting against the troops outside the embassy. I have already, in a note to the Ministry, declared that this is not true and that there has never been any shots from the embassy, and there won't be, either. The situation of the foreign refugees in rather acceptable because we are getting more and more safe conducts for them to leave the country. It is, of course, for them difficult to change homes, and to be thrown out of this country where they have been living very peacefully during these years. A more difficult situation has the Chilean refugees. Until now, we have very few safe conducts for them, and we have no assurances that we will get safe conducts for them. For a Swede, it is extraordinary that a Chilean that thinks in another way than the authorities should have to leave is country, but the situation is in this way."
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THE FILM INCLUDES A STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR EDELSTAM. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS:
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Background: Chilean troops continued to ring the Swedish Embassy in Santiago on Saturday (November 10). Ambassador Harald Edelstam reported that the troops first took up position on November 6th following a charge by Chilean authorities that there had been firing from the embassy. Mr. Edelstam denied the charge in a note to the Chilean Foreign Ministry.
Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme condemned the action in a speech to the Swedish Parliament, saying that Swedish diplomats and nationals were being persecuted in Chile. No further diplomatic action has been reported.
The Swedish mission in Chile occupied the former Cuban Embassy -- acting on behalf of the Cubans -- after the military take-over. Cuba claimed that its embassy had been attacked and a member of its staff wounded.
The Chilean Foreign Minister, Admiral Ismael Huerta, had earlier complained to Mr. Edelstam about his having taken 54 Uruguayan detainees from the National Stadium, which was being used as a detention centre.
The ambassador said that he and his staff had been increasingly harassed since Saturday (November 3rd). Only Swedes with diplomatic credentials were being allowed to enter or leave the embassy. In a 'phone call to Reuters news agency, the ambassador said an officer demanded to know whether there were arms in the building, and had been told emphatically that there were not. Mr. Edelstam said, "the situation is very poor and sad," and asked a reporter to try to reach the embassy.
SYNOPSIS: Chilean troops continued to surround the Swedish Embassy in Santiago on Saturday, permitting only staff with diplomatic credentials to leave.
Ambassador Harald Edelstam reported that besides searching his car, soldiers had ringed his embassy since November sixth. He told reporters the harassment had begun on the third. after a 'phone call from Chilean Foreign Minister, Admiral Ismael Huerta, complaining of the ambassador's having taken 54 Uruguayan detainees from the National Stadium. The ambassador said the situation in the embassy was "very poor and sad."