255. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Colombia1

56454. Subject: Presidential Message.

1. C—Entire Text

2. Embassy is requested to transmit the following message from President Carter to President Turbay:

Quote: I have been following closely the situation involving the seizure of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Bogota. We have publicly condemned this brutal terrorist attack and the violation which it represents of the norms of civilized society.

Your role in personally guiding Colombia’s response to this critical situation is widely recognized. This imposes a heavy and difficult responsibility on your shoulders, and I want you to know of our full support for your efforts to resolve this incident.

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Your firm leadership has already resulted in the release of eighteen hostages. The opening of direct negotiations is an unavoidable next step toward the release of those who still remain in captivity. It is reassuring to know that your Government shares our concern for the health and safety of all the hostages, including Ambassador Asencio.

My Government is ready to assist in any appropriate way in your efforts to achieve a positive solution to this crisis. End quote.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 84, Classified and Unclassified Files of Amb. Trusten Frank Crigler, 1976–1980, Lot 81F113, Box 1, Outgoing Correspondence Regarding Bogota Terrorist Incident. Confidential; Niact Immediate.