REFERENDUM ON UN ACTION

Created: 12/22/1977

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CHILE: Referendum on UN Action

Chilean President Pinochet saidroadoaet ad-dreBSlast night that he would submitational referendum the recent Ull General Assembly resolution condemning hiegovernment for human rights violations.

The announcement of such an extraordinary step,passage of the UN reeoluticn last Friday, is the latest sign of Pinochet's irritation over continued foreign criticism of Chile's human right- performance. The Chileans have also made strong diplomatic representations to the US over its joint sponsorship of the resolution.

HH Pinochet believes his critics have ignored theprogress Chile has achieved in releasingoliticalreduoing the number ofof illegal detentions, torture, andin dissolving the country's dreaded secret police.

H Because the government rotains the support of aof the population, it most likely will win such aThe date of the voting, the first to be held in Chile since the overthrow of the Allende government ins expected to be announcedmmmmmmmBaaaaami

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