Saturday, November 28, 1998 Published at 09:04 GMT
Chilean president calls for calm
Chile police arrest a pro-Pinochet supporter outside the Spanish Embassy
President Eduardo Frei of Chile has again called for calm after rioting in the wake of the ruling by the UK House of Lords that former military leader Gen Augusto Pinochet does not have immunity from prosecution.
Chilean police have stepped up security outside a number of public buildings in the capital, Santiago, and the British embassy has closed its consulate in the coastal city of Valparaiso.
The Chilean Interior Ministry has urged demonstrators not to break the law and criticised those who have burnt Spanish and British flags during protests.
In Santiago, supporters of Augusto Pinochet have continued to picket the Spanish embassy and the British ambassador's residence but the violent scenes of the last few days have not been repeated.
Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon's request for the general's extradition implicates him in 3,178 murders or "disappearances" during his 17 years of power in Chile.
"The Chilean people have to be allowed to judge and decide how they are going to deal with their past," he said, adding that General Pinochet would face legal action if he was returned to Chile.
Both ministers expressed a shared commitment to maintain good relations between London and Santiago, and Mr Cook added that he emphasised the UK's strong support for Chilean democracy.
No meeting with Blair
"We are very much in favour of an international court but we are not in favour of courts of one country judging the events that happen in another," Mr Insulza said.
Earlier on Friday in London magistrates agreed to the request by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, to extend the deadline by which he must decide whether to let extradition proceedings go ahead against Pinochet.
The legal process could take months or even years. BBC correspondent David Loyn says Brazil has become the first South American country to raise the spectre of criminal charges against Gen Pinochet, joining the handful of European countries who are lining up behind Spain. General Pinochet's lawyers are reportedly preparing to argue that he should not be extradited because he is mentally unfit to stand trial.