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April 17, 1972
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STATINTL Approved For Releag4?lO /# MA RDP80-01601 RO 17-APR 1972 Chile blast at U: S. snot 'news By VIRGINIA PREWETT AS expected, Chile blasted the U.S. at the current Organ- sembly. It took the news play, to the virgual exclusion of ev- erything else said, tho it was w: no more than a repetition of charges of U.S. intervention cf and general mistreatment pre- viously made by Chile and,, thus was, strictly speaking, now news. The impression left with the U.S. reading public, and on Capitol Hill, was: "There they go again, those Latin Americans, whacking the U.S, even tho We've poured out billions of tax-payers' money to help them." Our 'neighbors know that U.S. economic cooperation in recent years has been mostly loans tied to the purchase of U.S. goods. But this never comes thru to our public. Many things were said as the OAS Assembly opened that are of substantive interest and concern to our public. Tho you would never guess It from the coverage, other countries got lambasted there as well as our own. Guatemala raked Great Britain over the coals in their current dispute over British Hon- duras (Belize), In which Britain sent naval units into the Caribbean. ? - And Fidel Castro, whose cause was pushed by Peru, was both directly and indirectly ]am- basted by a number of nations' representa- tives. HITS AT CASTRO Venezuela's statement very clearly hit at Castro, without naming him, in condemnng the- kind of "interventionism" he practices. Costa Rica condemned "the acts of intervention aimed at creating violence and terrorism as the path to power thru the destruction of politi- cal liberties" - a clear shot at Fidel. Para- guay named Cuba as "the only vassal state in the hemisphere - the vassal of Russia." Col- ombia "charged Cuba with "permenent inter- vention" in aiding subversive groups thruout the hemisphere. Argentine, in an indirect reference, deplored the "use of violence, whether from the left or the right, to get politi- cal power.'.' Quite apart from Chile's plaints, our country was criticized for failing to live up to promises of e c o n o m I c cooperation. Trinidad-Tobago brought up the imposition of the 10 per cent tariff surcharge, which tho rescinded, still ran- kles. And Mexico gave what was clearly an im- portant warning in saying that the issue of U.S.-Latin American economic cooperation is the issue of peace in the continent. APPROVED BY MANY Colombia suggested that Latin American Countries restrict expenditures on armaments, and this was approved by many speakers. This can be a historic step forward in the hemi- sphere and deserved notice. It was not judged newsworthy in face of Chile's blast. If the news play reflected things said at the Assembly one-sidedly, the Assembly Itself poorly reflected realities in Latin America. For example, even as it deliberated, the Tu- pemaros in Uruguay began what is called "virtual civil war." The Tupemaros are Castro-type urban guer- rillas whom Fidel Castro encouraged openly from Santiago, Chile, during his long visit there. Responsible U.S. newsmen have it from CIA and other top-level sources that Fidel Cas- tro's Chilean embassy is helping the Yupema- ros, as well as guerrillas in Bolivia. Yet Chile escaped all mention in the matter. Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-01601 R000200330001-6 ';,T.SHINGTC11 DAM ,,Z+li a 12 APR 1972 Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-OM Chile prepares for affack Battle brews at 'OAS meeting By VIRGINIA PREWETT BATTLE lines of 'a sort are already drawn for the Organi- zation of American States As- sembly, which began a ten- N day session here yesterday. Chile has told the U n i t e d S t a t e s it "cannot ignore" Washington's (alleged) schem- ing in 1970 to prevent the elec. tion of Dr. Salvador Allende to # ? its presidency, as tenuously ?