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Border issue a priority for Peru, Bolivia: Peruvian FM

10-21-2010 14:11 BJT

LIMA, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Peru and Bolivia have agreed that the issue of their border development is a "priority", Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde said on Wednesday.

"The next step is to work (on) the border," Belaunde told local radio station Radio Programs del Peru (RPP).

The minister made the remarks a day after Peruvian President Alan Garcia and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales signed seven cooperation and consultation agreements.

Belaunde said that "there are people suffering from the consequences" of a lack of (border) agreements.

Belaunde said the relationship between Peru and Bolivia has entered a new stage, noting that his country has appointed Manuel Rodriguez as its ambassador to Bolivia in a bid to "fix the ties which we do not want to be rotten, because they do not have a reason to be rotten."

"Our priority now is to make easier the life of our compatriots in the border zone," the minister said.

Also on Wednesday, Peruvian Health Minister Oscar Ugarte said Peru and Bolivia will improve health access of the people living on their common border.

Ugarte said this will be possible due to a health cooperation agreement signed on Tuesday by Garcia and Morales.

Under this agreement, both nations will strengthen their border health centers' capacity to provide better health services, Ugarte said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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