Bolivian Vice President to Meet Indigenous Peoples

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26La Paz, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia declared the will of the government to maintain a dialogue with indigenous people involved in a march for demands of autonomy.

  We have never closed the door nor will we ever. We have agreements and respect them. There is no justification for a march to demand needs of the peoples; it does not seek collective welfare, he stated.

The interim president due to the trip of Evo Morales to the Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) recalled that the government has always defended indigenous autonomy.

We believe in the cohesion of our country and try to avoid regional conflicts about the departmental and municipal borders, he said.

Garcia explained that the government proposal is aimed at implementing four levels of autonomy: indigenous, municipal, departmental and regional that may overlap their hierarchy.

He asked for understanding of the demonstrators because no autonomy must be benefited above another and criticized those who now intend to transform the Constitution approved last February.

For the past month we have been bombarded by spokesmen of the right against the Constitution that we have just begun to apply.

He declared that the Constitution in force must be defended as agreed upon by the indigenous peoples in meetings with government representatives.

For several months the Government has approached the leaders and our will to converse has been and will always be present; that will not disappear, he said.

The march is organized by the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of the Bolivian East and began in Trinidad, Beni (northeast).

They demand their own autonomy above departmental and municipal limits, to increase from seven to 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly and that candidates in their district be elected by usage and custom.

On the other hand the government maintains that the autonomous regime of the indigenous peoples is bound to the new Constitution.

Source: Prensa Latina

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