RE CHILEAN GOVERNMENT REPORT TO UN ON MISSING PERSONS

Created: 10/13/1977

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OF INTERIOR AND THE NATIONAL CENTER OF INFORMATION CCNI) PREVENTED THE FOREIGN MINISTRY FROMETAILED AND INFORMATIVE REPORT FOR UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL KURT NALDHEIM ON THE MATTER OF MISSING PERSONS. IN THE CASES WERE THERE WAS TESTIMONY THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IK QUESTION KAS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND/OR HELDOVERNMENT DETENTION CENTER, REQUESTS WERE SENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY'S HUMAN RIGHTS SECRETARIAT TO THE CNI AND THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR ASKING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. IN EVERY CASE SECRETARIAT RECEIVED THE REPLY THAT THERE KAS NO RECORD OF THE INDIVIDUAL. OMMENT: MANY CIVILIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT THE REPORT WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT AND THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PREFERABLE NOT TO HAVE SENT ANY REPORT.)

2. RECOGNIZING THE WEAKNESSES OF THE INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS SECRETARIAT, FOREIGN MINISTER PATRICIO CARVAJAL MET KITH GENERAL CESAR BENAVIDES, MINISTER OF INTERIOR, IN EARLY SEPTEMBER TO DISCUSS THE NEEDORE OPEN EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION. THE MEETING RESULTED IN AN AGREEMENT BY BENAVIDES TO GIVE ALL ASSISTANCE POSSIBLE IN THE MATTER. IN PRACTICE, HOKEVER, THE INFORMATION FROM THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR CONTINUED TO BE VAGUE OR SIMPLY NEGATIVE.

3. THEREENERALIZED FEELING IK THE FOREIGN MINISTRYOFFICERS THAT THE MILITARY GOVERNMENTOMPLETE LACK OFTHEIR MINISTRY. IT IS CLEAR TO MOST OF THESE OFFICIALS THATMORE INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT OF THE MISSING PERSONS THAN ISLIGHT, AND THEY REALIZE THAT THEY ARE BEING ROADBLOCKED BYOF THEIR OWN.

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