The United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, left Chile on Thursday (10 June) to continue his Latin American tour.
The United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, left Chile on Thursday (10 June) to continue his Latin American tour. He had been attending the sixth General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (GAS) in the Chilean capital, Santiago.
SYNOPSIS: But before leaving Chile, Dr. Kissinger met the Panamanian Foreign Minister, Aquilino Boyd. The two countries have been negotiating the future of the Panama Canal and Senor Boyd is representing Panama on the talks. The United States controls the canal zone and the Panamanian government wants to take if over.
There was strong security at Santiago Airport for Dr. Kissinger's departure. During his three days at the OAS meeting, the American Secretary of State called on Latin American countries to work for the protection of human rights. Chile's military rulers have come under increasing international pressure for alleged violations of human rights since overthrowing the previous government of Salvador Allende in 1973. Dr. Kissinger said the alleged violations had caused the United States to place limits on military and economic aid to Chile.
The OAS meeting received report from the Inter-American Committee on Human Rights which said the Chile's government was continuing a policy of arbitrary arrest, persecution and torture. Dr. Kissinger proposed that the Commission should look into the human rights violations without having to wait for complaints.