Bolivian army says not to tolerate radical actions, foreign interference 2008-09-13 11:12:15   Print

    LIMA, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian Armed Forces warned on Friday that they will not tolerate any more actions of radical groups or foreign interference in the country's internal affairs.

    "We will not tolerate any more the violent radical groups' actions that are only looking for clashes among Bolivians, causing pain and deaths," Armed Forces Commandant Chief General Luis Trigosaid, according to information reaching here from La Paz, administrative capital of Bolivia.

    The army accuses the radical groups of ambushing helpless peasants in the northern province of Pando and killing at least eight people.

    "We are going to guarantee the nation's legacy, the functioning of the state's system and the public services, as well as the conservation of the strategic resources." Trigo said.

    Only in a radical case, will it "be used to guarantee the internal order and respond with tenacity and patriotism to any threat from those vandalic and criminal groups that have come to undermine the internal order," Trigo added.

    No military or foreign forces will be allowed to touch Bolivia's national territory, Trigo noted, vowing to harshly reject any external interference in the country's affairs.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales on Wednesday requested U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia Philip Goldberg to leave the country immediately, accusing him of "heading the division" inside Boliviaby encouraging, together with the opposition, the protests agains this government.

    The situation in Bolivia is drawing high attention, especially from regional countries. On Friday, the South American Union of Nations (Unasur) condemned the violence in Bolivia

    "Unasur deeply regrets the violence and the losses of human lives in the sister land Republic of Bolivia," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the temporary president of the bloc, said in a communique.

    The Unasur "fervently" hopes that Bolivia will "retake the path of peaceful coexistence, of respect for life, of dialogue for shared solutions, of democracy and of institutional consolidation," Bachelet said,

    Unasur is composed of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela.

    The Andean Parliament (Parlandino) also expressed concern on Friday over the situation in Bolivia. Parlandino President Ivonne Baki told Peru's state news agency Andina that lawmakers will meet on Sunday to discuss sending a mediation mission.

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