The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, does not include Brazil on the roll of countries that support his country unselfishly or that have undertaken some kind of cooperation with the Bolivians.
In a press conference this Thursday, May 11, at the 4th Latin American-Caribbean-European Union Summit, in Vienna, Austria, Morales said that, although he has already spoken with President Lula about cooperation between the two countries, there has been nothing concrete from Brazil so far along these lines.
In the interview, the Bolivian president recalled the episode of Brazil’s purchase of Acre from Bolivia at the beginning of the 20th century.
"They traded Acre for a horse," Morales asserted.
"In our government nothing like this will happen, because the struggle of the indigenous peoples has historically been the defense of territory and of natural resources."
Morales went on to say that he tried to contact Lula before proclaiming the nationalization of Bolivian natural gas and petroleum reserves but was "barred" by the Brazilian president’s aides.