CABLE RE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE SAYS THAT BLAKES RELATIVES BELIEV

Created: 8/1/1986

OCR scan of the original document, errors are possible

AUGUST

EW YORK TIKES ARTICLE IN WHICH "THE RELATIVES. JOURNALIST, NICHOLAS BLAKE, WHO DISAPPEARED IH GUATEMALA5 HAVE NOW REACHED TKE CONCLUSION THAT GUATEMALAN LEFTIST GUERRILLAS KILLED. JOURNALISTRIEND AND HOT THE GUATEMALAN HILITARY AS THEY INITIALLY AND ERRONEOUSLY BELIEVED.

"AMERICANS ACCUSEH ELY CONCLUDES HE AND CCKPANICN -ERE KILLEDUERRILLAS" 3Y

stephen kin2er, special to the new york times

family of an american journalist who disappeared in cuatemala last tear has concluded that heompanion were captured and killed bt guerrillas.

the journalist, hick 3lake,ears old, of philadelphia, and griffin davis,n american who lived in guatemala, disappeared in5 while travel incemote area of northern guatemala where rebels are active.

the blake family's accusation could be politically significant ih the united states, where the reacan administration has been seekinc to renew hilitary aid to guatemala. the aid was halted after american officials criticized guatemala's human-rights record in thes.

several senior american officials, including vice president bush, have shown active interest in the case. ih november, eight.united states senators appealed to the state department to make theiplomatic priority.

nr. blake's brothers have extensively investigated the case and have made several visits to cuatemala. in telephone interviews from the united states this week, they said they believeo they had determined what had happened to the two men after they set out to find guerrillas to interview.

"they were heldonth and thenaid onem el axe, 2h. "he bel. okn3 where ike bcoies are, and we want them to tell us."

he was using the spanish initials for the guerrilla army of the poor, the larcest of several marxist forces that have been fichtinc for years to seize power ih cuatemala.

thousands of guatemalans have disappeared or been killed in recent years, and many are widely believed to have been victims of squads with ties to the police or the military. mr. blake's relatives at first suspected the army was responsible for the abduction.

sam blakeopyetter he said he and his brotherent last monthenior leader of the cuerrilla group, rolando mo san. the brothers sought unsuccessfully to meet with mr. mo ranisit to mexico this year.

in their letter the brothers appealedrivate explanation of what happened to the hissing men, and for information about findinc their bodies. they said that if such information was not forthcoming, they would make their accusations public. publish advertisements in guatemalan newspapers denouncing the rebels and support new american military aid for cuatehala.

the letter was sent through contacts in washington, mexico city. and managua, but the slakes said they received no response.

nickreelance reporter who had published afticlss in several americanrs and magazines, vas

0ESCRI3ED IH THE LETTER ASEUTRAL. LEFT-ORIENTED JOURNALIST."

HE TOLD FRIENDS HE WASRIP INTO THE GUATEMALAN HIGHLANDS SO HE COULD WRITE ABOUT THE ELUSIVE GUERRILLA FORCE.

AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HR. BLAKE AND MR. DAVIS, THE BLAKE FAHILY TURNED FOR HELP TO POLITICALLY CONNECTED FRIENDS IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUPPORTERS IN GUATEMALA. AMERICAN DIPLOMATS HERE PERSUADED THE GOVERNMENT TOARGE NUMBER OF SOLDIERS TO SEARCH THE AREA WHERE THE MAN HAD LAST BEEN SEEN. AND THE CASE WAS WIDELY PUBLICIZED IN THE LOCAL PRESS.

BELIEVE THAT THE GUERRILLAS WERE ASKINC THEMSELVES WHO THIS BLAKE WAS, THAT HE COULD PROVOKEAJORANDY BLAKE SAID. ASSIVE ARMY PRESENCE SUDDENLY MATERIALIZING UP THERE, THEY HAD TO ABANDON THEIR CAMP, AND THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE COMPROMISING THEIR SECURITY IF THEY JUST RELEASED NICK AND CRIFT."

SAM AND RANDY BLAKE WORKEDRIVATE DETECTIVE IN GUATEMALA AND CONDUCTED WHAT THEY SAID WERE HUNDREDS OF INTERVIEWS. IN MARCH, THEY MET WITH GUATEMALA'S NEW CIVILIAN PRESIDENT, riMXCXO CEREZO, WHOILITARY HELICOPTER AT THEIR DISPOSAL. THEY WERE FLOWN TO NORTHERN QUICAG PROVINCE, WHERE THE TWO HEN VERE LAST SEEN.

"WHILE WE WERE UP THERE,AS SURPRISED AT HOW NERVOUS THE ARMY PILOTSAM BLAKE SAID. "THEY KEPT THE COPTER GOING AND DIDN'T WANT TO STAY HORE THANINUTES. THE CIVIL PATROL LEADERS THERE SAID THEY DON'T CO MOREILE OUTSIDE OF TOWN. IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE PLACE IS, IF NOT GUERRILLA TERRITORY, AT LEAST CLOSE TO IT."

LOS AMERICANOSOS REBELDES CUATEHALTECOS "LA FAHILIA DEL PERIODISTAA CONCLUSION DE QUEU COKPANERO FUERON HUERTOS POR LOS GUERRILLEROS"

POR STEPHEN KINZER

ESPECIAL PARA "THE NEW YORK TINES"

GUATEMALA,A FAHILIA DC UN PERIODISTA NORTEAMERICANO QUE DESAPARECIO EN CUATEMALA EL ANO PASADO KA LLECAA CONCLUSION DE QUEU COKPANERO FUERONUERTOS POR GUERRILLEROS.

EL PERIODISTA, HICK BLAKE, OENOS DE EDAD, DCRIFFIN DAVIS, DE J8 ANOS, UN NORTEAMERICANO QUE VIVIA EN CUATEMALA, DESAPARECIERON HIENTRAS VIAJABAN POR UN AREA LEJANA DEL NORTE DE CUATEMALA DONDE HAY ACTIVIDAD REBELDE.

LA ACUSACION DE LA FAHILIA BLAKE POORIA TENER SICNIFECACION POLITICA EN LOS ESTACOS UNIDOS, DONDE LA ADMINISTRACION DE REACAN HA ESTAOO TRATANDO DE RENOVAR LA AYUDA HILITAR PARA CUATEMALA. LA AYUDA FUE INTERRUKPIDA CUANDO LOS FUNCIONARIOS NORTEAMERICANOS CRITICARON EL INDICE OE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS ENINALES DE.

VARIOS IMPORTANTES FUNCIONARIOS AKEPICANCS, INCLUYENDO EL VICE-PRESIDENTE BUSH. HAN MOSTRADO INTERES EN ACTUARASO. EM NOVIEKBRE. CCHO SENA CORESL-RON AL

departamento deo para que tokara este caso como una

pricridad.

-OS HERMANCS DEL SR. BLAKE HAS INYESTrCADOY HAH HECHO VARIASUATEMALA. EN EN7REVISTAS TELETONICAS DESDE LOSOS JNICOS EN ESTA SEKANA. ELLOS DIJERON QUE CREIAH HABER OETERMINADO LO QUE LESOS DOS KOMBRES DESPUES DE QUE SAL IE row PARA ENCOHTRAR LCS CUERRILLEROS PARA ENTREVISTARL05.

"HANTENIDOS CAUTtVOS POR UN MES"

-ELLOS LOS KANTUVIERON CAUTIVOS POR UNESPUES LOSUO UH KERKANO, SAH BLAKE, DEANOS. NOSOTROS CREEHOS CUE. SABE DONDE ESTAN LCSUEREMOS QUE ELLOS NOS LO DICAN. EL ESTABA USANDO LAS IHICIALES esPANOLAS PARA EL EJERCITO CUERRiLLERO DE LOS POBRES, LA MAYOR DE LAS FUER2ASt as QUE HAN ESTAOO PELEANDO POR ANOS PARA TCMAR EL PCOSR EN CUATEMALA.

HILES DE CUATEMALTECOS KANIDO ASESINADOS EN LOS ANOSAY UNA CREENCIAA DE QUE HAN SIDO VICTIMAS DE ESCUADRONESAL EJERCITO. LOS FAMILIARES DEL sr. BLAKE AL PRINCIPIO SOSPECHARON QUE EL EJERCITO ERA RES PONS ABLE DEL SECUESTRO.

SAH BLAKE PROPORCIONO LA COPIA de UNA CARTA QUE DICE QUEU HERMANONOS, ENVIARON EL MESN DIRICENTETE DEL CRUPO CUERRILLERO, ROLANDO mo RAN LOS htRKANOSON INFRUCTUOSAHENTE DE REUNIRSE CON EL sr.N UNAEXICO ESTE ANO.

EN su CARTA, LOS KERKANOS PIDIERON UNA EXPLICACIOK PRIVADA DE lo CUEOSA IWFORMACION PARA ENCONTRAR SUS CADAVERES. ELLOS DEC IAN QUE SI LA IWFORMACION no SE RECIBIA PRONTO, ELLOS MARIAN PU3LICAS SUS ACU5ACI0HES PUBLICARIAH ANUNCIOS EN LOS PERIODICOS OS CUATEMALAOSPOYARIAN LA AYUDA HILITAR DC LOS ESTA DOSOS PARA GUATEMALA.

LA CARTA FUERAVES DE CONTACTOS EN WASHINGTON, CIUDADANAGUA, PERO LOS BLAKE DICEN QUE ELLOS NO RECIBEERON RESPUESTA.

NICK BLAKE, UN REPORTERC CUEOR SU CUENTA, HABIA PU3LICAD0 ARTICULOS EN VARIOST ASE LE DESCRIBIAARTA COM3 "UN PERIODISTA NEUTRAL, ORIENTADO HACIA LA IZQUIERDA".

ELUS AMICOS QUELANEANDO UNAS ME5ETAS DE CUATEMALA PARA POOERRE LAS EVASIVAS FUERZAS GUERRILLERAS.

-LA FAMILIA PIOE AYUDA"

DESPUES DE LA DETAPARICION Da SR.a SR. DAVIS, LA FAMILIA BLAKE SEEDIROS AMICOS CON CONtXIONES POCITICAS EN LOS ESTA DCSUS PJRTIDARIOS EN CUATEMALA. LOSTEAMERICAHOS DE AQUI CONVENCIERON AL COBIERNO PARA QUE ENVIARA UN CRAN HUMERC DtEGISTRAR EL AREA DONDE LOS HOM2RES HABIANISTCS por ultimaL CASO FUE jmpliamente pl'BLICAOOa

PRTNSA LOCAL.

"to creo que los guerrilleros sei hishos quiem era este sr. blake para que pudtera prcyocar una reaccion tanijo randy blake. "con una presencia hasiva del ejercito katerulizandose alla, ellos twieronndonar su

eksaroh quean cohproketi en do su secl'ridad siriff*.

andy 3laxe trabajarcn con un investigador privado enabo cientos de entrevistas secun dijeron. en harzo, se reunieronuevo presidente civil de guatemala, vinicio cerezo, quienu disposicion un helicoptero hilitar. los transportaron por el aire hasta la provincia de quicag, donde los dos hohbres fueron vistos por ultima vez.

"mientra5 estabamcs alla. he sorprendio ver lo nerviosos que estaban losice sah blake. "ellgs continuarono quisieroh detenerse por has deinutos. los dirigentes de la patrulla civil deijepon que ellos no se alejarian has dc unauera ce la ciudad. esta clarougar. si no es territorio cuerrillero, es alco que se lo aprox:ka mucho".

Original document.

Comment about this article or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA