Created: 1/1/1981

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BOLIVIA) Negotiation*

Kcbcl leader Oeneral Natuschegotiating with the junta of military commanders under the auspices of the Papal- Nuncio. Senior junta chief Central Bernal has agreed, at least temporarily, toilitaryainad at recapturing the rebel strongholds in the eastern portion of the country, and there are conflicting reports about both aides' strength. Key troop commanders ln La Paz have shown no sign yet of backing the rebels. Some of them, however, recognize that continuing tha same pattern of corrupt and incompetent leadership would have an adverse impact, on Bolivia's ability to gain eeaen-tial international political and economic backing.

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