The first military summit between Peru, Chile and Bolivia opened in Lima on Tuesday (14 October) with talks for a non aggression pact top of the agenda.
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SV AND CU General Aguila of Chile speaking.
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Background: The first military summit between Peru, Chile and Bolivia opened in Lima on Tuesday (14 October) with talks for a non aggression pact top of the agenda.
Peruvian War minister and Army Commander, General Oscar Prieto opened the discussions by warning of alarmist campaigns which had tried to divide the three South American nations. General Prieto also said that at times these campaigns had appeared to achieve the beginnings of success. He did not identify the "campaigns" or those behind them.
The three countries are involved in problems over Bolivia which lost its access to the Pacific Ocean in a late 19th century war with Child. The head of the landlocked Bolivian Navy, Admiral Xavier Telleria -- his tiny fleet can only use inland Lake Titicaca -- was instructed by his government to take a firm line on the ocean access issue.
The chilean Government who's representatives at the talks included General Gustavo Aguila, is understood to favour allowing Bolivia a land corridor linking it with the coast. However, Peru is adamant that no such favour will be granted -- Chile is bound by a treaty signed with Peru which stipulates that no /chilean territory formerly owned by Peru can be ceded to a third party without Peruvian agreement. The suggested Bolivian land corridor would come under this agreement and Peru is holding Chile to its bargain because it lost territory to Chile in the same war.
Hinting at the dispute, General Prieto of Peru said that a major aim of the meeting was to sign the non aggression pact - "to avoid situations arising in our countries which could become conflictive."
Meanwhile Bolivian President Hugo Banzer is pressing ahead with his efforts. He's already appealed to the United Nations General Assembly. President Banza realises the economic future of potentially rich Bolivia depends on finding a gateway to the sea.