Hostage talks progress between Peruvian government, rebels
February 15, 1997
Web posted at: 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT)
LIMA, Peru (CNN) -- A mediator working to resolve Peru's
hostage standoff reported "real progress" as talks to end the
two-month-old crisis entered its second consecutive day.
Negotiations resumed Saturday morning when Tupac Amaru
representative Roli Rojas Fernandez and government
negotiator Domingo Palermo met.
Palermo and Rojas met for three hours Friday in a house
across the street from the Japanese ambassador's residence in
Lima, where rebels have been holding 72 hostages for more
than eight weeks.
"The conversations have resulted in real progress," Canadian
Ambassador Anthony Vincent, a mediator and former hostage,
said after Friday's meeting.
Palermo added that a meeting Tuesday with Rojas had produced
agreements on how future talks would be conducted, but no
specifics have been released.
Earlier Friday, Red Cross workers entered the ambassador's
house with Valentine's Day gifts -- boxes of chocolate bars
and CDs of romantic music sent by spouses and relatives of
the hostages. Several weeks ago, six CD players were
delivered to the residence.
No Valentine's cards were delivered, a Red Cross spokesperson
said, because the screening process ordered by rebels and
police would have taken too long.
The standoff began December 17 when rebels stormed the
ambassador's home during a gala party and took about 500 of
his guests hostage. Since then, all but the 72 men -- mostly
Peruvian VIPs and Japanese businessmen -- have been released.
The rebels have demanded the release of hundreds of their
jailed colleagues and safe passage for hostage-takers into
the jungle. But the government has refused to give in to
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- Peru, Japan agree to seek peaceful end to hostage-taking - February 1, 1997
- Sound of music replaces gunfire at Peru standoff - January 28, 1997
- Shots ring out in Peru - January 27, 1997
- Rhetoric heats up on both sides
of hostage dispute - January 24, 1997
- Rebels refuse to budge in Peru - January 18, 1997
- A hostage is freed in Peru as
government invites talks - January 17, 1997
- Peruvian rebels release one more hostage - January 17, 1997
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