Mexico and Uruguay want Bolivian gas

Jul 22, 2004 02:00 AM

Bolivian officials said they are ready to sign agreements with Uruguay and Mexico for the sale of Bolivian gas and oil products.
The announcement comes less than a week after a referendum gave the government of President Carlos Mesa the green light to market hydrocarbon products outside of long-term agreements with foreign companies.

Bolivian Foreign Minister Juan Ignacio Siles and the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Mines Guillermo Torres said they will go to Mexico in the next few days to begin negotiations over the exportation of gas to that country.
Mexico says it needs to buy gas beginning in the year 2008 in order to meet the demand of its Pacific coast, and has begin negotiations with Bolivia and Peru as possible suppliers.

Siles also said he will meet with Uruguayan government representatives in Asuncion, the capitol of Paraguay, in order to sign an agreement over the commercialisation of Bolivian gas.
"The next few weeks in Asuncion, Paraguay, where we have a meeting with the Mercosur Tribunal, we will also be signing an agreement with the Uruguayan Foreign Minister Didier Opertti to sell gas to his country," said Siles.

Source: United Press International
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