Obama Says US Ready to Help Chile in Rights Cases

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – President Barack Obama said he’s ready to help Chile solve human rights crimes committed during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, but avoided agreeing Monday to a U.S. apology for meddling in the country’s affairs.

It was the first question at Obama’s joint news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. A Chilean reporter asked if Obama would share classified U.S. documents with Chilean judges investigating the deaths of former presidents Salvador Allende and Eduardo Frei Montalva as well as hundreds of other opponents of the dictatorship.

The reporter also asked Obama if he would apologize for U.S. campaign, led by the Central Intelligence Agency under orders from President Richard Nixon, that destabilized Chile and encouraged the 1973 military coup that ousted Allende.

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