Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Missile report and presidents to come to Bolivia

The final report on the missile controversy is out! It explicitly states that no one gave an order for the missiles to go out of the country. The report also points out that some related procedures within the army were skipped.

A letter by captain Arancibia Mendoza gives the names of the military officers and two US embassy employees that transported the missiles to an unknown destination.

The president asked the Cancilleria to share with the US embassy his concern on the behavior of some of its personnel members on this matter. The embassy declined to comment on the issue.

General Antezana was removed from his position by the president. To many, this comes too late, as general Antezana gave personal statements many times, breaking the rules (unknown to me) that forbid such statements from military people.

This report confirms the official version on the obsolescence of the missiles. They claim to have tested one with terrible results. It swirled in the air for a bit before crashing and missing the target. It would be great it would have hit the target after swirling like mad! It would be invulnerable to anti-missile defense!

Countering the obsolescence claim will be hard, I suppose, since the missiles are gone.

On happier news, Miguel from MABB tells us that the presidents from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chili, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela, Slovenia and the Republic of Western Sahara are coming for Evo Morales' inauguration.

Kudos to Metka for informing me first about the visit of the Slovene president. Initially I thought it was a joke :).

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you have already mentioned the visit of Slovene president in Bolivia, I would like to refer you to the link of his cabinet: http://www.up-rs.si/up-rs/uprs-ang.nsf
His visit to Bolivia has a very worthwile cause to appeal to Latin American leaders to get involved in solving the Darfur crisis in Sudan. I strongly support his campaign and hope it will lead to a serious determination of the international community to finally change the situation in Sudan.
Moreover, I'm happy that Bolivians and Slovenes are developing stronger political contacts.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Mahamed Albdelaziz' visit is also pretty interesting. As leader of the Saharahui Arab Republic, the only link to Bolivia I could imagine was that both countries are former Spanish colonies.

His visit also encourages a cause; that of the Polisarian front and the former Spanish sahara.

7:05 PM  

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