The Foreign Affairs Minister of Bolivia, David Choquehuanca arrived in Chile by road on a private visit, which has caused uneasiness among the authorities of this southern country.
Accompanied by a bus and nine 4×4 vehicles, Choquehuanca traveled to the Putre area where he met with social organizations in the Chilean Andean town located in the high plateau, according to official sources in the area.
The regional governor of Arica, Gladys Acuña stressed that the visit, ‘had not been agreed with our country through the normal diplomatic channels’ and was considered private.
Minutes after he arrived in Chile, Choquehuanca stressed that the visit he was making to the ports of Arica and Antofagasta was organized with an atmosphere of ‘brotherhood’.
“Bolivia has the right to be informed of the conditions in which its haulage contractors comply with everything regarding foreign trade and free movement that has been enshrined in perpetuity by the Treaty of 1904,” he stressed.
In an official statement on the 15th of July, the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that Bolivia had transmitted through his consul his intention to make the visit to Putre accompanied by an entourage and media from his country. They had in this was responded to a warning by the Chilean government regarding the need to formalize the announcement of the visit, he emphasized.