Bolivia and US plan to get closer...again?
Bilateral relations between Bolivia and US has been sweet and sour lately. Accusations of sponsoring separatist prefects in the Media Luna has limited it. During the Evo Morales´ administration US has been unveiled an unwelcome partner in regional initiatives. However, there seems to be a new start to improve relations. It is unclear what is the motivation behind such initiative or whether it would succeed.
Bolivia and USA plan a new agenda to overcome bilateral problems
La Paz, July 07 (ABI).- This Monday, the USA and Bolivia Governments expressed their wish to overcome the bilateral problems based on a new agenda that considers, among other issues, the political dialogue, cooperation and trade agreements.
Therefore, Bolivian President Evo Morales, by U.S. Department of State request, met this Monday morning with American ambassador in Bolivia, Philip Goldberg at Palacio Quemando (Governmental Palace).
After the meeting, the American ambassador said, "We want to mend relations (with Bolivia), we want to put our best effort to improve this situation", asking for that purpose to avoid problems and groundless accusations.
"To mend relations, also it is necessary to mend trust and the trust does not go with groundless accusations and attacks", Goldberg stated.
Besides, at press conference, David Choquehuanca, minister of Foreign Affairs, reported that at the meeting, it had been talked about the possibility to set a new agenda based on Bolivian proposals, presented to U.S. legation last July 3.
At that time, the Bolivian Executive Power proposed a seven points agenda, which included the political dialogue, cooperation with the Millennium Account, trade agreements, cooperation in migratory issues, fight against drug trafficking as well as legal cooperation to extradite Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and his former ministers.
Choquehuanca said USA did not give an official answer yet regarding that proposal, "Nothing was solved, but a process of conversation was begun. We will keep working to set meetings that would be held in Bolivia or USA".
Translation: Sonia Prado
Related source: Telesur