BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Americas
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Tuesday, 20 June, 2000, 01:40 GMT 02:40 UK
Talks set to ease Pinochet rift
Pinochet returns to Chile
Ties have improved since the general's return to Chile
By James Reynolds in Santiago

Chile and Spain have moved a step closer to restoring a relationship that was damaged by the arrest of the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet.

The pinochet File
Chile's Deputy Foreign Minister, Heraldo Munoz, is due in Madrid on Tuesday for a visit which is being seen as the start of a normalisation of ties following General Pinochet's return to Chile in March.

In October 1998, the general was arrested in London at the request of Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who sought unsuccessfully to put the former military ruler on trial in Spain for human rights abuses.

Normally in Chile, a visit to Europe by the country's deputy foreign minister would pass almost unnoticed.

But Heraldo Munoz's trip to Spain has been reported on the front pages of newspapers here.

It is seen as an important sign by the Chileans that relations with Spain - a key diplomatic and trading partner - are now getting back to normal.

Protests

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were severely tested during the 500 days of General Pinochet's arrest.

The Chilean Government objected to what it saw as Spanish interference in its internal affairs.

At one stage, Chile's ambassador to Spain was withdrawn.

The opposition here called for all ties to be broken, and in Santiago, there were regular protests outside the Spanish embassy organised by groups of Pinochet supporters.

But now, General Pinochet is back in Chile, and both governments are keen to revive their close ties.

One Spanish Government official described the Pinochet arrest as a short-lived accident in a history of long-term good relations between the two countries.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

06 Jun 00 | Americas
Spain hails Pinochet decision
05 Jun 00 | Americas
Pinochet stripped of immunity
04 Mar 00 | Americas
Thousands march against Pinochet
20 Jan 00 | The Pinochet file
Pinochet profile: Saviour or tyrant
09 Jun 00 | Americas
Pinochet appeal begins
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories