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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the scale of recent protests in Santa Cruz; and what representations she is making to the Bolivian Government on a peaceful resolution to these protests. (113081)

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took part in the recent protests in Santa Cruz and other states in Eastern Bolivia. There were also smaller counter-demonstrations by government supporters. Events are being closely monitored by our embassy in La Paz and discussed with EU colleagues. The EU Troika has been making representations to all sides in the disputes, urging them to attempt to reach consensus through dialogue.