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Bolivia issues law to regulate relationship with U.S.

(Xinhua)

13:50, March 30, 2012

LA PAZ, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday issued a new law to ratify the Framework Agreement that regulates the country's relationship with the United States.

Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca on Thursday announced the official issue of the new law and asked Washington for "a transparent, respectful, sincere and honest attitude from now on."

Choquehuanca said President Morales endorsed the Framework Agreement as a sign of good faith with an aim of building a more positive and constructive relationship with the United States.

He also said at a press conference later that the ratification came despite the impasse in bilateral relations caused by the Tuesday incident, in which Bolivian authorities seized a U.S. embassy vehicle carrying weapons.

"We have to overcome the old practices that block a relationship of mutual respect," said Choquehuanca, adding that incidents like the one that occurred on Tuesday can not be acceptable because they affect bilateral ties.

In late February, authorities from both countries agreed to reinstate their ambassadors. On Nov. 7, 2011, Bolivian and U.S. representatives signed the Framework Agreement to guide the bilateral relations.

The relations between the two countries worsened after Morales expelled U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the drug agents from Bolivia in September 2008, accusing them of supporting the opposition. Later, Washington expelled Bolivian Ambassador Gustavo Guzman.

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