Septembre 13, 2008
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of South American leaders to find a resolution to Bolivia's political crisis.
Bolivia sent troops Friday to an eastern province where at least eight people were killed in street battles between pro-and anti-government activists. But President Evo Morales has entered in talks opposition governors from four provinces in open revolt.
Bachelet, head of the 12-nation Union of South American Nations, said she called the Monday meeting after talking with Morales. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez confirmed his participation.
''A larger tragedy has to be avoided,'' Chavez said.
Government opponents are demanding Morales cancel a referendum on a new constitution that would centralize power and transfer fallow terrain to landless peasants.