PINOCHET'S ANNOUNCED PLANS TO RETURN TO CIVILIAN RULE

Created: 7/15/1977

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CHILEHILEAN PRESIDENT PINOCHET'S ANNOUNCE* PLANSETURN THE COUNTRY TO CIVILIAN RULE5OLICY DEPARTURE- HIS BLUEPRINTETURN TOHE DELIVERY TO WASHINGTON orANCC TEXT OF HIS SPEECHON JULYMI RECENT REPORTS THAT HE IS CONSIDERING RESTRICTING THC POWER OF THE NOTORIOUS NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTORATELL SUGGEST THAT PINOCHET HAS FINALLY BECOME CONVINCED THATMEASURES ARC NO LONGER NECESSARY IN CHILE AND THAT IT IS TIHEENJ . .

', | UGGESTED SCHEDULEETURN TO CIVILIAN RULE CULMINATES IN LIMITED POPULAR ELECTIONS THESE ELECTIONS WOULD CHOOSE TWO-THIRDS OF THC DELEGATESEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY THAT WOULD THENEW PRESIDENT. PRIOR TO THIS* THE JUNTA0 WILL.NAME THE MEMBERSINGLE LEGISLATIVE

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CHAMBER.THAT HILL RULEjJOINTLY WITH THE ARMED FORCES FOR FOURYEARS./J( 'T*.IN*CHCTJ WARNED THAT THE ENTIRE PLAN DEPENDS ON CONTIUJED

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SIGNS OF "RECUPERATION" FROM THE ALLENDE YEARS* IF THE"ANNOUNCED TOTE FRAME IS FOLLOWED, CHILE WILL BEIMILAR BUT SLOWER SCHEDULE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANCES ANNOUNCCD BY THE MILITARY GOVERNMENTS OF BOLIVIA AND

//THE REASONS FOR PINOCHET'S SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT ARE

OBSCURE* BUT HE HAS BEEN

UNDER CONSIDERABLE PRESSURE FROM THE MILITARY AND THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT

CHILE'S HUMAN RIGHTS IMAGE AND BEGIN SOME PROCESS TOWARD RETURNING

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JO POLITICAL NORMALITY. COMPLAINTS BY MEMBERS OF THE JUNTA AND THE

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MILITARY SERVICES ABOUT THE POOR HUMAN RIGHTS IMAGE AND DINA'S EX-

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CCSSIVE POWERHAVE INCREASED* IN RECENT MONTHS. MANY SENIOR OFFICERS

HAVE TOLD PINOCHET THAT SUBVERSION IS UNDER CONTROL. THC STATE OF'SIEGE SHOULD BE LIFTED* AND DINA'S ARREST POWER SHOULD BE

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I HE RESULTS OF SUPREME COURT PRESIDENT CYZAGUIRRE'S SURPRISE VISIT LAST MONTHINA DETENTION CENTER HAY HAVE BEEN THE LAST STRAW. EYZA6UIRRE SENT COPIES OF HIS RCPORT TO THE OTHER JUNTA MEMBERS* NAVY ADMIRAL MERINO /ND AIR FORCE GENERAL LEIGH* WHO

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TUDY OF HOW THE ORGANIZATION COULD BE CONVERTEDTRICTLY INTELLIGENCE-COLLECTION AGENCY- THE REORGANIZE*OULD HAVE NO DETENTION POWERS ANO WOULD WORK CLOSELY UITH THE! DIRECTORATES OP THE ARMED FORCES AND THE CARABINEROS. THE PRESIDENT ORDERED THE REORGANIZATION PLAN TO BE PRESENTED TO HIM

BEFORE THE END OF JULY. PINsCHET. UNDOUBTEDLY REFLECTING HIS AVERSION TO THE CHAOS OF THC ALLENDE YEARS- HAS BCEN DRAGGING HIS FEET ON THC DINA ISSUE. HE PROBABLY BELIEVES THAT IT IS PREMATURE TO CURTAIL DINA OR TO RETURN THC COUNTRY TO CIVILIAN RULE BEFORE 1US. CHARACTERISTICALLY, HE LASHED OUT DURING HIS SPEECH AGAINST FOREIGN INTERVENTION IN CHILEAN AFFAIRS UNDER THE GUISE OF DEFENDING HUMAN

RESSURE FhOM HIS COLLEAGUES IN RECENT MONTHS HAS"j . -

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PINOCHET'S STANCEf SUPPORTABLE- THG FACT*"THAT* POLITICAL NORMALIZATION HILLUPERVISE! CLOSELY BY THE ARMED FORCES .PROBABLY. INCREASE* HIS WILLINGNESS TO MAKE THE ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT. IN ADDITION- INTERNAL SECURITY IS HELL IN HAND INI THE COUNTRY IS ON THEJrOAD TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY. AN ADDEDOF COURSE* IS (THE ANNOUNCEMENT'S EXPECTED BENEFICIAL ZrrZClZ ON THE GOVERNMENT'S POPULAR SUPPORT AN* ITSJ TS IMAGC-/^

//VERY LITTLE IN THC PRESENT OPCRATirin E GOVERNMENT HILL ACTUALLY CHANGE* AT LEAST FOR THE PRESENT- IT IS ALWAYS

POSSIBLE THAT PINOCHET HILL BACKSLIDE ON REFORMING DINA OR ENDING

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THE STATEFACT IS* HOHEVER* THAT THERE IS NOH AN

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