Monday, November 30, 1998 Published at 05:26 GMT
Pinochet talks continue
Anti-British feeling is running high among Pinochet supporters
Chile's foreign minister meets the Defence Secretary George Robertson on Monday as he continues to press for the release of former dictator General Pinochet.
Jose Miguel Insulza is pursuing diplomatic efforts as the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, is considers Spain's request to have General Pinochet extradited on charges of human rights abuses.
The UK Government has denied it has struck a deal to try General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
The alleged compromise would avoid the granting of a controversial extradition request to Spain, where Gen Pinochet would be tried on charges of genocide and murder.
"It is about extradition to Spain and he has always made clear it is not a political decision."
Chile's Foreign Minister, Jose Miguel Insulza, also denied any deal.
However, Mr Insulza insisted that a trial in Chile offered the best hope of justice.
He said: "The only real chance to have some kind of justice and some kind of truth is in Chile where the events happened."
Mr Insulza insisted there was no general immunity against the 83-year-old former dictator and that 14 charges against him in Chile would be thoroughly investigated.
Mr Insulza travels to Spain on Monday in further efforts to stop the extradition.
Representations to Mr Straw on the extradition claim also have to be submitted on Monday.
Gen Pinochet was arrested in a London clinic on 16 October following a request from two Spanish judges who want him to face charges of murder, torture and genocide.
A ruling by the UK's highest court, the House of Lords, decided that Gen Pinochet did not qualify for immunity from arrest and could be extradited.
He will appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London on 11 December when government lawyers will reveal if Mr Straw has granted an "Authority to Proceed" with extradition.
Meanwhile speculation is mounting that Gen Pinochet could be moved from his London hospital to a security-approved suite in a Heathrow Airport hotel.