Keep U.S. Military Bases off L. America: Bolivia
November 25, 2010

Bolivia on Wednesday urged fellow Latin American countries to keep U.S. military bases off their soil. Otherwise, it said, peace and democracy in the region will be at risk.

Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra made the remarks at the 9th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, which is also attended by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

“Bolivia’s position is in the context of a clear governmental policy to defend the sovereignty of the people and the noninterference of other nations, including world powers, in internal policies,” he said.

The Bolivian government is convinced that U.S. or foreign military bases in Latin America and the Caribbean put peace in the region at risk, and endanger democratic order, the minister added.

About 30 countries took part in the conference.