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Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the situation in Bolivia

The European Union is concerned at the tense situation in Bolivia and the continued absence of any dialogue to resolve the situation, and worried that there might be outbreaks of violence which could threaten peaceful coexistence in the country.

The European Union calls on the parties concerned respectively to take steps to defuse the current tension and enable a genuine national dialogue to be held, without preconditions, to address concrete issues in a constructive manner. In particular, it is necessary that each of the parties respect the institutions and the rule of law.

The European Union welcomes the efforts of the Catholic Church, the Organisation of American States and the countries of the Group of Friends of Bolivia to restore political dialogue in Bolivia.  The European Union is at the disposal of Bolivia's constitutional government and the opposition forces to help effect rapprochement that will enable the parties to return to the table and confidence to be restored, with a view to reaching consensual agreement on constitutional reform and departmental autonomy.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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Date: 11.04.2008