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Brazil Won’t Accept Separatism in Bolivia, Minister Warns

Brazilian Foreign minister, Celso Amorim Celso Amorim, the Brazilian Foreign minister said that South America would never accept "separatism in Bolivia" and underlined that any autonomy must be negotiated with La Paz, according to Rio's daily O Globo.

Last Sunday Bolivia's richest province, Santa Cruz, held a referendum where an overwhelming majority voted for autonomy. Several other Bolivian provinces are on a similar track.

"I don't think we'll see separatism. Even because South America would never accept it," said Celso Amorim.

"Brazil is not against autonomy wishes as long as constitutional principles are respected and that is the will of the Bolivian people," added Amorim who insisted that the voted Santa Cruz autonomy statute must be in the framework of the current Bolivian constitution.

Amorim also defended a wide agreement in Bolivia.

"It's perfectly possible to reestablish a dialogue with the help from the (Catholic) Church, OAS (Organization of American States) and the group of country friends which support Bolivia." Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are the members of the group of country friends with Bolivia.

"What we must do is work together in a coordinated way, all of us in the same direction. We must find a way to reestablish dialogue and that is what we are determined to obtain. But with discretion, no impositions, we can't forget that the idea of the group of country friends was an initiative from the Bolivian government."

When asked if given the overwhelming results of the Santa Cruz referendum the situation had turned even more complicated, Amorim replied that "the referendum is over. It's useless to stop to think whether it makes it easier or more difficult. Bolivia is a country with which we must work for the national unity and this demands dialogue."

"I think events in Santa Cruz were far less dramatic than what was or has been imagined," he underscored.

In a similar tone through a video conference Benita Ferrer-Waldner, the European Union Foreign Affairs commissar said the EU was willing to facilitate and bring together the different sides in the dispute, the Bolivian government and the opposing regions.

"We're doing out best so that all attempts, be them from the Church, from OAS or the envoys from the group of country friends, effectively achieve a path that leads to promote dialogue and a successful dialogue at that," added Ferrero-Waldner.

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  • ch.c.

    To the idiot who wrote…..”I see nothing funny in this.”
    Therefore you believe that Brazil has the right to interfere with local Bolivians disputes !

    Therefore why are you against foreign involvment….or interference….in the Amazon ?????

    If the Brasilian Amazon is yours, then Bolivia is NOT yours.

    YOU CANNOT BE RIGHT BOTH TIMES.

    Sorry IDIOT ……

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]Hay Joao you see this who will brasil side with ?[/quote]

    We will certainly remain neutral and help to bring peace between those two warring nations!

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    Hay Joao you see this who will brasil side with ?
    the squids friend or the best president in SA

    micros still

    Chavez Says Colombia’s Uribe Trying to Spark War

    CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday accused Colombia of seeking to provoke war, renewing regional tensions after a Colombian attack on a rebel camp in Ecuador sparked the worst Andes diplomatic crisis in a decade.

    The accusations could aggravate an Andean region schism between anti-U.S. leftists governments in Ecuador and Venezuela and rightist Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a Washington ally whose country has received billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

    Chavez’s statements come just days after U.S. officials renewed accusations that Chavez has aided Marxist rebels, based on files from the laptop computer of a slain rebel commander.

    “The government of Colombia is capable of provoking a war with Venezuela to justify the intervention of the United States,” said Chavez, lambasting Uribe during his weekly Sunday broadcast as “liar” and leader of a “narco-government.”

    In March Colombia attacked a rebel camp in Ecuador, killing rebel commander Raul Reyes and sparking a regional diplomatic crisis as Ecuador and Venezuela moved troops to their border with Colombia.

    Latin American leaders negotiated an end to the crisis, but Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has maintained a bitter war of words with Colombia and has not fully restored ties.

    Unnamed U.S. officials last week told various media that they determined Chavez’s ties to the rebel group were more extensive than they originally thought after reviewing unpublished files on the computer of Reyes.

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the files indicate Venezuela offered to arm the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and sought guerrilla warfare training, possibly to prepare for an invasion Chavez says Washington is plotting.

    Chavez on Sunday dismissed the charges, calling Colombian officials “imbeciles” incapable of producing any serious evidence against him.

    “Whatever they want they will find — it’s ridiculous,” Chavez said.

    Colombia’s government had previously released files from the laptop that they said proved Chavez’s links to the FARC.

    Critics said the e-mails — filled with FARC military jargon — were often ambiguous and did not provide conclusive evidence of any collaboration.

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    Ah, Forrest. I thought you were very busy providing assistance to the victims of the cyclone in Burma.

    [quote]and then what will happen brazil gets a new state or the powers at be take the money and run [/quote]

    As long as the Americans and Swiss do not welcome “the Powers” to take the money and run, I guess it is ok with me.

    btw, where the heck are u?

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    SP tried to do this
    look into the history books the south of brazil tried to do this some years ago .
    the flag of PB has NEAGO on it

    will brazil use the military if asked ????

    and then what will happen brazil gets a new state or the powers at be take the money and run

  • ..

    [quote]who the f.u.c.k. are “THEY jay??[/quote]

    “THEY” are our “Cumpanheiros” and their “Mandantes”, bozo 😉

  • bozo

    Jay I thing you smoked too much of those “j” growing up …
    and that made you a complete paranoid man…
    That’s nice but what the hell are you talking about and who the f.u.c.k. are “THEY jay??

  • João da Silva

    [quote]The little guys in Brazil have been shat on for a long time.
    “THEY” know this “THEY” just don’t care.
    “THEY” are afraid. [/quote]

    Aptly put.Add the educated middle class and small business owners to the group of the “Little guys”.

  • JAY GLENN

    THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN
    Brazil is so stern in it’s condemnation, because it’s afraid the chickens will come home to roost.
    The little guys in Brazil have been shat on for a long time.
    “THEY” know this “THEY” just don’t care.
    “THEY” are afraid.

  • ..

    [quote]Brazil doesnt like or accept foreign interference…..but are pleased and enjoy to interfere in other countries decisions ![/quote]

    I see nothing funny in this.Can you imagine if this precedence is set, SP wanting to separate from the rest of the country, the three Southern states wanting independence, etc?

    I think that Ambassador.Celso Amorim managed to send a stern message to all the despicable “Sulistas” who want to break away from the Republic.A splendid demolition job.

  • ch.c.

    funny !
    Brazil doesnt like or accept foreign interference…..but are pleased and enjoy to interfere in other countries decisions !
    Well….that is Brazil at it best….FILTHY AND CONTRADICTORY ANALYSIS !!!!!

  • peter

    I don’t understand the somewhat threatening undertones of the statement by Brazil. The piople of Santa Cruz has spoken. I think for the EU, after Kosovo, it would be better just to butt out.

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