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Bolivia will work toward reconciliation

BRASILIA — Bolivia will honor gas supply contracts with Brazil, respect private property and not expel illegal aliens as part of a broader reconciliation with its neighbor, Bolivia’s ambassador said yesterday.

After Brazil pledged last month to invest about $1.5 billion in new gas production, roads and farming assistance in the landlocked Andean nation, relations between the countries have improved substantially, Mauricio Dorfler, Bolivia’s ambassador to Brazil, said during a press conference.

Tough negotiations with Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras, the largest foreign investor in Bolivia, had strained ties between Latin America’s largest economy and one of the hemisphere’s poorest nations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports