Weekly Report - 15 July 2010 (WR-10-28)

BOLIVIA-CHILE: Talks over key 13-point agenda resume

Bolivian and Chilean delegations met this week in La Paz to resume discussions regarding the 13-point agenda which, since 2006, has formed the basis of bilateral relations, which were severed in 1978. The meeting was the first since the centre-right government of President Sebastián Piñera took office in March. This suggests that, despite Piñera's ideological differences with President Evo Morales, the rapprochement which began under his predecessor, Michelle Bachelet (owing largely to her personal rapport with Morales) will continue. The latest round of talks yielded signs of closer cooperation in several areas, suggesting both sides remain committed to boosting ties - Morales, notably, maintains that Chile is his foreign policy priority, as was illustrated by his appointment in March of one of his most trusted allies, Walker San Miguel, as the new consul to Chile [WR-10-09].

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