The parliament of the Latin American Andean Pact countries, meeting in Colombia on Wednesday (3 September), unanimously condemned the recent military coup in Bolivia.
GV Military band parading in front of Congress building.
GV Soldiers marching to music in front of Congress.
SV INTERIOR Colombian President Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala enters and walks to seat.
SV Bolivian delegates applaud.
SV Delegates seated listening.
CU Bolivian Vice-President-elect Jaime Paz Zamora listening.
CU President Turbay speaking to congress.
SV Bolivian delegates listening.
GV President Turbay making closing speech.
GV ZOOM IN Delegates standing ovation.
CU Mr. Zamora being interviewed.
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Background: The parliament of the Latin American Andean Pact countries, meeting in Colombia on Wednesday (3 September), unanimously condemned the recent military coup in Bolivia. The head of the new junta in Bolivia has announced his intention of withdrawing from the Pact??? and forming an alliance with other military dictatorships in South America.
SYNOPSIS: A military band heralded the arrival of delegates at the Andean Pact parliament in the Colombian capital, Bogota.
Prominent among the dignatories was the Colombian President, Julio Cesar??? Turbay Ayala, who joined delegates from four neighbouring countries for the emergency debate on Bolivia.
Members of the country's democratically-elected government, which has now gone into hiding, represented Bolivia at the Parliament. They were led by Vice-President-elect Jaime Paz Zamora.
President Turbay Ayala summed up the Andean Pact's feelings about the military's action by attacking its violations of human rights. Earlier Mr. Paz Zamora had estimated that two thousand Bolivians had been killed or abducted since the coup. The new military regime also faces a severe economic crisis and alleged connections between the generals and cocaine trafficking are at present being investigated by the United States Senate.
President Turbay's call for the restoration of Bolivian democracy drew a standing ovation from the delegates. Afterwards, Mr. Paz Zamora, still recovering from an air crash in which sabotage by the military was suspected, told a Colombian interviewer of his hopes for Bolivia's future.
He said that the military dictatorship was becoming more discredited each day in the eyes of the Bolivian people, and only managed to retain control by use of tanks and guns. The generals had no popular support whatsoever, whereas the prestige of the elected government headed by the president-elect, Hernan Siles Zuazo, was constantly increasing. Bolivians, the politician claimed, were organising themselves for a new resistance.