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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Meets with Bolivian Leaders

Contact: In Atlanta, Deborah Hakes 1 404-420-5124 or

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Atlanta… Bolivian President Evo Morales and former President Eduardo Rodriguez visited Plains, Georgia, today to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and Carter Center staff about Bolivia's quest to obtain a mutually satisfactory means of access to the sea with Chile and Peru.  Dating from his administration, President Carter has advocated a negotiated agreement between Bolivia, Chile, and Peru for a corridor to allow Bolivia to have direct access to the sea (lost in the War of the Pacific, 1879-1884).

The presidents also discussed U.S.- Bolivian relations, the inter-American human rights system, and the upcoming General Assembly of the Organization of American States and its theme "Toward a Comprehensive Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas." President Carter expressed his concern about the lengthy house arrest of American citizen Jacob Ostreicher in Bolivia, and the delegation agreed the legal process should be expedited.

After the meeting, the Bolivian delegation played a friendly soccer match with the Americus-Sumter High School soccer team.


The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide .

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Mayo 20, 2013
Contacto: En Atlanta, Deborah Hakes 1 404-420-5124 o

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