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Are Bolivia and Chile Ready to Dispel Rising Border Tensions?

July 24, 2017

LA PAZ – When Bolivian and Chilean border officials gather on July 25 – their first meeting in six years – they will have a seemingly simple agenda: to restore functional relations along their border without regular resort to courts, threats or name-calling.

It won’t be easy. The 528-mile border has been a source of tension since Bolivia lost its coastline to Chile in a 1904 treaty, and conflict has flared up in recent months, with 11 officials – soldiers, police officers and customs officers – detained by their counterparts on the other side.

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