LATIN AMERICA BRIEF - CHILE: CHURCH ENCOURAGES OPPOSITION TO UNITE

Created: 8/28/1985

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church encourages opposition to unite

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i. chile: church encourages opposition to unite

//the agreement byolitical parties to work together for an early return to democracy in chile will put presioent pinochet further on the defensive.//

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Declassified and Approved for Release

july

AUG 85

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WASLEADER OF IHE CHILEAN

CATHOLIC CHURCH--CALLS FOR AN END TO THE CURRENT STATE OF EMERGENCY RESTORATION OF POLITICAL FREEDOMS, ew law FOR DIRECT PRESIDENTIAL AND CONGRESSIONAL

//THE PARTIES RANGE FROM MOOERATE LEFT TO MODERATE RIGHT. THEY have COMPROMISED ON THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE OF BANNING TOTALITARIAN PARTIES BY LEAVING ITROPOSED NEW CONSTITUTIONAL TRIBUNAL. THEY IMPLICITLY ACCEPT THE VALIOI TJjnfTHE CONSTITUTION OF0 8UT CALL for major AMENDMENTS TOJ

ISARRAY AMONG PINOCHET'S MOOERATE OPPONENTS IN RECENT MONTHS HAS ENABLED HIM TO IGNORE THEIR OVERTURES. TNE NEW ACCORD WILL BE ENDORSEDROAD SPECTRUM OF CHILEANS ano MAY force HIM TO BE MORE RESPONSIVE.//

//PINOCHET REGARDS MOST OF THE PLAN AS UNACCEPTABLE AND WILL INSIST ON PROSCRIBING MARXIST PARTIES AND ADHERING STRICTLY TO THE PROTRACTEO TIMETABLE PROVIOEO FOR UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. NEVERTHELESS. HE MAT FACE INCREASING PRESSURE FROM SENIOR MILITARY OFFICERS TOORE ACCOMMODATING. THEY ARE WORRIED OVER THE DEBILITATING EFFECTSCANOAL INVOLVING POLICE DEATH SQUADS ANO SQUABBLING AMONG THE SECURITY

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