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    Hopes were fading in Chile on Saturday (September 1) of finding an early solution to the crisis facing President Allende's Coalition Government and the economy of the country.

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    GV government house

    SV President Allende walking along greeted by passersby

    SCU New Interior Minister Dr. Briones at desk (3 shots)

    GV People walking round open shops (4 shots)

    GV & SV People crowding onto buses (3 shots)

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    Background: Hopes were fading in Chile on Saturday (September 1) of finding an early solution to the crisis facing President Allende's Coalition Government and the economy of the country.

    On Friday (August 31) there had been a fresh initiative to try to bring Chile's apparently irreconcilable political forces round the conference table.

    The new politically independent Minister of the Interior, Carlos Briones, a 63 year old law professor said the time was ripe for fresh dialogue between Chile's socialist Government and the main Opposition Christian Democratic Party.

    In his first press conference he told reporters he was already in contact with Christian Democrat leaders.

    But on Friday night moderates of both political groups were disheartened when senator Patrico Aylwin, President of the Christian Democrats categorically stated that dialogue with President Allende's Government was impossible "so long as the Government does not restore constitutional and legal norms which it has broken."
    The same night, negotiations with Chile's lorry owners, who pulled their 45,000 vehicles off the road on June 27, broke down again.

    After two hours of talks in the Moneda Presidential Palace representatives of both sides said the negotiations were over and neither side was able to forecast an early end to the stoppage which is estimated to be costing the country 2.5 million sterling (six million US dollars) a day.

    The Government says that already some of the lorries are now running again and that they will "hand over lorries to all drivers prepared to work."
    But at least the three day strike by Chile's 140,000 private shopkeepers in support of the lorry owners ended on Friday - even though there was little to sell. Traders are short of a wide range of supplies, ranging form matches through bread and aspirins to petrol and machine components.

    On Friday Santiago had an outward air of normality with the shops open, and a few overcrowded buses back on the streets.

    SYNOPSIS: In Santiago Chile disappointment as attempts to end the lorry owner's strike and resume talks with the main opposition party fail.

    But in spite of the economic and political crisis facing his deeply divided crisis facing his deeply divided country President Salvador Allends was smiling as he walked in the streets of the capital on friday.

    And there were many warm greetings from passersby - as security men hovered around.

    The same day the newly appointed Minister of the Interior Carlos Briones said the time was ripe for fresh dialogue with the Christian Democrats. But the Christian Democratic leader senator Patrico Aylwin said dialogue with the Government was impossible now.

    On Friday night too talks between the lorry owners and the Government to end the five week lorry strike broke down. At least Chile's shops were open again for business after a three day strike support of the lorry owners. But there was little to sell.

    With a few overcrowded buses back on the streets and shops open, Santiago had an air of normality. But the lorry owners strike is ???ing the ???omy about tow and half a million pounds a day. And neither side is forecasting an early end to it.

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