Bolivia mulls military buildup on borders with Peru, Brazil

16:26, August 09, 2010      

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Bolivian President Evo Morales has requested the country's military to form an armed force in regions bordering Peru and Brazil, to better protect Bolivia's territory, sovereignty and natural resources.

Morales unveiled the plan on Sunday at a military review in the border town of Cobija to mark the 185th anniversary of the establishment of the country's armed forces, according to Bolivian press reports reaching here.

He cited the lack of border control and the long-time "foreign deprivation" of Bolivia's natural resources in these regions as the reasons for the planned military buildup.

Morales has been floating the idea of a military buildup in border regions since he took office four years ago. He has implemented a border security plan to prevent foreign illegal exploitation of woods, gold and other natural resources in the border regions.

Bolivia is a landlocked nation in South America, bordered by Brazil to the North and East, Paraguay and Argentina to the South, and Chile and Peru to the West.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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