UN experts decry Iran's reported plan to execute Iranian-Swedish academic    12 years on, victims of Mumbai terrorist attacks await justice India accuses Pakistan of shielding main culprits    Abu Dhabi crown prince meets with Indian foreign minister    CMA warns market manipulators of prosecution    1-year jail and SR50,000 in fine for assaulting women    Foreigners must transfer sponsorship within 2 months after separation from Saudi spouses    Yemeni parties condemn Houthi attacks against civilian targets in Saudi Arabia    Details of new 2021 Dakar Rally route in Saudi Arabia unveiled    Saudi Arabia collects six Arab governmental excellence prizes    Argentina Soccer Legend Maradona Dies of Heart Attack    Minister of Justice chairs a virtual meeting of the Arab Justice ministers executive bureau    China FM in Japan to Discuss Virus    Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces    CITC to Host a Webinar on Radio Spectrum Innovation in Collaboration with the ITU    AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine 90% Effective only Among Age Group Below 55, US Advisor reports    SABIC introduces new Lexan anti-fog film for clear safety visors, lenses and goggles    Coronavirus deaths drop to 14 as Saudi Arabia sees 326 new cases    HRC President receives Ambassador of New Zealand    DEWA selects bidder for 120 MIGD Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis IWP Project    Saudi Ladies International confirmed for 2021    European Tour's commitment to golf in Dubai will support tourism recovery    On Behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Riyadh to Attend Final of the King's Cup    Russian President Praises Joint Cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Ensure the Stability of the Global Energy Market    Russia reports record 507 coronavirus deaths    King approves Saudi Central Bank law and renames SAMA    K Chinar, Pak Zalmi open account in Ace Travel Saudi Cup    Bahraini, Indian foreign ministers meet, seek to boost bilateral ties    OPEC Secretary General: The Attack on Petroleum Products Distribution Terminal North of Jeddah is Cowardly Act    Study: Small link between blood type O and lower risk for severe COVID-19 illness    Saudi Arabia Achieves Highest Levels of Commitment to Implementing G20's Outcomes on Cybersecurity    Azha Workshop unveils bracelet to showcase AlUla's rich history    RCU announces the winners of #CaptureAlUla photo competition    Chelsea 7th club to top PL, with win, at Newcastle,    Coman rescues 1-1 draw for Bayern against Werder    British Council to host event for young Saudi filmmakers    Saudi Arabia Launches Golf Sustainability Strategy, Al-Rumayyan Opens Aramco Saudi Ladies International    MCIT Launches Initiative to Raise Awareness on Cyberbullying    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Saudi Medical Team Restore Young Man's Lost Vision, One Year later    KSrelief Organizes Awareness Campaign on Breast Cancer in Aden Governorate, Yemen    Ithra Signs Agreement with Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt    Court facilitates young woman's marriage after stripping father's guardianship    Bahrain's top Islamic body condemns attempts to insult Muslim symbols    Saudi man accused of harassing foreign wife asked to be produced before court Court allows divorce, custody of children by mother    S. P. Bala, legendary Indian singer, dead at 74    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Regional Leaders Meet to Discuss Bolivia Crisis
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 15 - 09 - 2008

South America's presidents are meeting in Chile on Monday for an emergency summit aimed at preventing the collapse of Bolivia, whose leftist President Evo Morales has lost control of about half the impoverished country and said violent unrest there was an attempted coup.
Most presidents from South America's 12-country Unasur (One South) group were scheduled to attend the meeting, including Morales ally Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a moderate leftist who leads the continent's biggest economy. Brazil also is Bolivia's top foreign energy investor and is highly dependent on its natural-gas exports.
An unstable country, Bolivia has significant natural-gas reserves that are crucial to development in South America, and neighbors are keen to preserve the Morales presidency and the rule of law.
Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley said he expected the South American leaders to send a message of support to Morales and to affirm Bolivia's “territorial integrity.”
Arriving in Santiago, Morales accused four opposition governors of seeking to oust his government. “We've seen looting, the ransacking of institutions, attempts to assault the police and the armed forces,” he said.
Morales said he would explain to his fellow presidents how his political opponents in Bolivia's richer eastern lowlands have mounted a “civic coup,” inciting “crimes against humanity by groups massacring the poorest of my country.”
At least 30 people have been killed in Bolivia in the past week as supporters of Morales fought with rightist opponents angered by his attempts to give poorer Bolivians from the western highlands more political power and redistribute land to the poor.
Morales has lost control over most of eastern Bolivia, where demonstrations have blocked highways and closed border crossings and pipeline sabotage has reduced natural-gas exports to Brazil.
Morales declared martial law in the rebellious province of Pando and sought the arrest of its governor. Governor Leopoldo Fernandez denied any responsibility for the deaths, calling the situation an armed clash between rival groups and accusing Morales of “mounting a farce.”


Clic here to read the story from its source.