Bolivia to raise border issues with Chile next week

LA PAZ – Bolivia expects to send to Chile this week a draft protocol to resolve border incidents, to be discussed during the meeting in Santa Cruz on July 25, says Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said.

The objective is to have an agile, compulsory and immediate procedure to resolve through diplomatic channel some problems in the more-than-900-kilometer demarcation line shared by both nations.

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Another purpose of that instrument is to reaffirm the commitment of binational cooperation in dealing with transnational crimes, including smuggling.

‘We have clear proposals that we are going to send to Chile. We already have an advanced work, ‘the foreign minister said this weekend.

Huanacuni said that the institutions related to the work on the border areas are concerned about the recent events with Bolivian customs officials and the Chilean police, so the proposal seeks to win back cooperation between the two countries to handle these issues.

“One of the main goals of the project is to have a swift, mandatory and immediate procedure for solving cases such as those mentioned,” he commented on Saturday.

Issues related to comprehensive controls on customs, immigration and police cooperation are other issues to be prioritized, the minister added.

Huanacuni also highlighted the need to reiterate at the next meeting the commitment of the two countries to cooperate in the fight against transnational crimes.