Tarija Province Leaders Sign Cooperation Deal

Civic leaders of O'Connor and Gran Chaco provinces in Bolivia's Tarija department have signed an agreement that calls for dialogue to resolve the border dispute that resulted in violence and gas export disruptions, state news agency ABI reported.

Protestors applied pressure to the government this month in search of a resolution to the dispute over the rights to the Chimeo canton, disrupting exports to Argentina and Brazil and indirectly to Chile.

The province that holds the Chimeo canton, which features the Margarita gas field, would receive 45% royalties from the area.

The agreement contains the following points: the provinces will cooperate to create a joint proposal to resolve the issue rather than starting protests; provincial leaders will meet on May 18 in La Paz to start drafting the proposal; and the provinces will comply with the final decision.

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