The President of Bolivia, General Hugo Banzer, completed three-days of talks with Argentine leaders on Sunday (28 November).
GV INTERIOR Bolivian President General Hugo Banzer speaking to newsmen (2 shots)
SV President Banzer with President Videla reviewing guard of honour at airport (3 shots)
SV Navel guard of honour
SV President Banzer shaking hands with diplomats (3 shots)
GV Armed guards around Banzer's aircraft
SV President Banzer boards aircraft and salutes President videla
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Background: The President of Bolivia, General Hugo Banzer, completed three-days of talks with Argentine leaders on Sunday (28 November). Both countries have agreed on important economic issues.
SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in Buenos Aires, General Banzer spoke about agreements he has signed with the Argentine government during his visit. They covered and increase in Bolivian gas exports to Argentina as well as Bolivia's right of way to the Pacific Ocean.
The President of Argentina, General Jorge Videla, other government officials and members of the local diplomatic corps were at the airport to say good-bye to the Bolivian leader. An outlet to the sea has been Bolivia's aspiration since the 1879 war, when the Pacific province of Antafagasta was lost to the conquering Chilean army. In February 1975, Bolivia and Chile began discussions on the possibility of Bolivian access to the sea. Earlier this month Peru's military government formally proposed to Chile that the two nations cede a strip of land to Bolivia to give the country access to the Pacific Ocean. However, between Bolivia and Argentina have apparently ended in agreement.
It is understood that General Banzer also discussed proposals for joint exploitation of a rich Bolivian iron ore field.