• Short Summary

    AS A WAVE OF HORROR SWEPT WEST GERMANY AT THE KILLING OF THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR IN GUATEMALA, THE GUATEMALAN AMBASSADOR, SENOR FILIPE GANDARA, WAS SUMMONED TO THE FOREIGN OFFICE.

  • Description

    AS A WAVE OF HORROR SWEPT WEST GERMANY AT THE KILLING OF THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR IN GUATEMALA, THE GUATEMALAN AMBASSADOR, SENOR FILIPE GANDARA, WAS SUMMONED TO THE FOREIGN OFFICE.

    THE WEST GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, HERR WALTER SCHEEL, LATER TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT WEST GERMANY WAS WITHDRAWING ITS SENIOR DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVE IN GUATEMALA.

    COUNT KARL VON SPRETI, THE 62-YEAR-OLD WEST GERMAN AMBASSADOR TO GUATEMALA, WAS FOUND YESTERDAY (SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH) SHOT IN THE HEAD, FIVE DAYS AFTER HE HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED. HIS KIDNAPPERS HAD DEMANDED A RANSON OF 700,000 DOLLARS (282,000 POUNDS STERLING) AND THE RELEASE OF 25 POLITICAL PRISONERS IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS LIFE. BUT THE GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT REFUSED THE DEMANDS.

    SENOR GANDARA WAS RECEIVED AT THE FOREIGN MINISTRY BY THE SENIOR PERMANENT OFFICIAL, HERR GEORG FERDINAND DUCKWITZ. HERR SCHEEL SAID LATER THAT HERR DUCKWITZ HINTED STRONGLY TO THE GUATEMALAN DIPLOMAT THAT HE SHOULD RETURN TO HIS OWN COUNTRY.

    HERR SCHEEL TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT IT WOULD BE INOPPORTUNE TO BREAK OFF RELATIONS COMPLETELY WITH GUATEMALA, AND HE APPEALED TO WORLD GOVERNMENTS TO JOIN IN TAKING STEPS TO PREVENT POLITICAL TERRORISM IN FUTURE. HERR SCHEEL IS GOING TO GUATEMALA TO TALK PERSONALLY WITH GUATEMALAN LEADERS AND TO ACCOMPANY COUNT VON SPRETI'S BODY BACK TO GERMANY.

    FROM THE UNITED STATES, WHERE HE IS ON A VISIT, THE WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR, HERR WILLY BRANOT, SAID HE FEARED THAT THE KIDNAPPING OF DIPLOMATS COULD SPREAD LIKE THE HIJACKING OF AIRLINERS.

    IN BONN EXTRA POLICE GUARDS HAVE BEEN PLACED AROUND THE HOME OF SENOR GANDARA AFTER ANONYMOUS THREATS ON HIS LIFE. EARLIER HE HAD OFFERED TO BE EXCHANGED FOR THE KIDNAPPED COUNT VON SPRETI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACIGAWPS9E8R01DCX9QO505KUY
    Media URN:
    VLVACIGAWPS9E8R01DCX9QO505KUY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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