A coalition of human rights groups has submitted to Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance the names of 7,500 Argentines allegedly missing or in prison, and State Department officials say he will present the list during his visit to Buenos Aires on Nov. 21.
The names were received Thursday by Vance's deputy coordinator for human rights, Mark L. Schneider. The list includes 3,000 names that the United States presented Argentine President Jorge Videla when he visited Washington in September.
According to the U.S. officials, the list was submitted on the express orders of President Carter, with a request for information on the whereabouts of the persons. U.S. and Argentine embassy spokesmen indicate that, while the status of a new Argentines has been determine since then, most of the 3,000 names remain unaccounted for.
The list of 7,500 names was collected by the Washington-based Argentine Commission on Human Rights and was signed by representatives of the National Council of Churches. Americans for Democratic Action, the ecumenical church-sponsored Washington Office on Latin America and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
The umbrella right groups - called the Coalition of a New Foreign and Military Policy - also presented the list to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
In the submit to Vance, the coalition declared that " the Argentine military government has begun to acknowledge the pressure of your initiatives as well as those of the Congress with regard to human rights by undertaking some cosmetic changes and by making some vague promises about an eventual return to electoral democracy . . .
"We fear that these promises are for the most part a public relations efforts designed to confused world public opinion and to cover up continuing repression."
With Vance's 24-hour visit to Argentina only eight days away, the State Department has not yet specified what other countries he will visit.
Originally, he was to have visited Brazil in the company of President Carter, who was also to have stopped in Venezuela as part of a worldwide tour that has now been postponed.
Announcement of Vance's itinerary is expected on Monday or Tuesday. He is likely to visit Brazil and perhaps Venezuela, according to department officials.
The President's interest in Venezuela and Brazil is said to include energy and nuclear issues. Venezuela is a major oil producer and Brazil is buying West German nuclear technology that Carter is seeking to restricted.
In the case of Argentina, the main bilateral issue is human rights. The United States restricted military aid to Argentina because of alleged rights violations, and in response Videla's government rejected all aid.
The Argentine military seized power in March, 1976, in the midst of mounting guerrilla warfare between extremists of left and right. Although the leftist assaults against the government virtually have ended following a military crackdown, rights groups such as those submitting the list to Vance [Word ILLEGIBLE] that government repression of cicil liberties persists.
On Friday, the government acknowledged - after International publicity - the seizure of Associated Press reporter Oscar Serrat without charge for 18 hours. Serrat, an Argentine national, said he was handcuffed and interrogated at what he took to be a military installation.
The U.S. embassy pressed for information on Serrat arrest after the Argentine government at first contended that he was not under detention.