In Bolivia there's been a third meeting between military chiefs of three South American countries working to establish closer defence ties.
In Bolivia there's been a third meeting between military chiefs of three South American countries working to establish closer defence ties. Leaders of the armed forces in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia took part in a public ceremony before going into closed session.
Troops of the crack Rangers regiment formed a guard of honour for the start of the meeting, intended to reinforce the spirit of the Ayacucho declaration signed between the three adjoining countries three years ago. The host at the meeting in Santa Cruz was Bolivian General Raoul Alvarez Penaranda, who watched with other officers as the flags of the nations were raised.
The intention of the original declaration was to encourage "peace and security" throughout South America, and further meetings are held every year to discuss further issues and problems which have arisen. In fact the main area of concern is the threat to military regimes throughout South America posed by guerrilla forces.
A further problem is the pressure exerted by American President Jimmy Carter for the release of political prisoners and greater recognition of human rights.