The work of the Inter-American Commission of Human rights has now been formally recognised by Argentina.
SV: United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance descends from aircraft and is welcomed by an Air Force Chief and then by Foreign Affairs Minister, Vice Admiral Oscar Antonio Montes (in white uniform) in Buenos Aires.
SV & MV: Weeping and shouting women, calling out after relatives who have disappeared. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Mr. Vance and American Ambassador Raul Castro laying wreath at the memorial to Argentine General San Martin. (TWO SHOTS)
SV PAN DOWN EXT: Foreign Affairs building.
MV: Mr Vance and Terence Todman, Under Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, taking seats.
CU. Cyrus Vance.
CU: Member of Argentine delegation.
CU: Todman PULL BACK TO Admiral Emilio Massera entering the room and greeting Vance and other ministers.
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Background: The work of the Inter-American Commission of Human rights has now been formally recognised by Argentina. Since the military government came to power there in March 1976, thousands of Argentineans are reported to have gone missing. Earlier this year, the United States cut military aid to Argentina because of alleged human rights violations there. Argentina responded by accusing America of interfering in its internal affairs.
SYNOPSIS: But this week (Sunday, November 20) United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance was welcomed to Buenos Aires by Argentine Foreign Affairs Minister, Vice Admiral Oscar Antonio Montes, for talks on human rights. Mr Vance brought with him a list of 7,500 names of people said to have vanished-some mysteriously others after arrest on political grounds.
Mr. Vance was hailed by a group of 75 women, many in tears, who were demonstrating about missing relatives. The called to him as he arrived in the heart of Buenos Aires on Monday (November 21). Mr Vance accompanied by American Ambassador Raul Castro, laid a wreath at the statue of Argentine Independence hero, General Jose de San Martin, as the women watched. Mr Vance gave no open acknowledgement to the demonstrators who were kept behind a barrier of official cars.
Mr Vance's team for talks at Argentine's Foreign Office included Mr Terence Todman, United States Under-Secretary for Inter-American Affairs. Later, a joint statement by the Untied States and Argentina noted the responsibility of governments to strengthen human rights. A U.S. official commented that Argentina's attitude had definitely improved. The visitors also met Navy Chief Admiral Emilo Massera. Argentine agreed to ratify a treaty declaring Latin America a zone free of nuclear weapons. In return, the United States promised to supply enriched uranium for a nuclear plant being exported by Argentina to Peru.