MEETING BETWEEN VICE PRESIDENT BARRIENTOS AND HIGH MILITARY LEADERS

Created: 10/31/1964

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I. RENE BARRIENTOS ORTUNO, VICE PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIA, MET WITM THE FOLLOWING BOLIVIAN MILITARY LEADERS ONCTOBER: GENERAL HUGO SUARCZ, CHIEF OF THE ARMY; GENERAL ALFREDO OVANDO, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES; AND VICE-ADMIRAL ALCIDES SARPIENCE ZELAYA CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE RIVER AND LAKE FORCE, ALL AGREED THAT ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO SAVE THE COUNTRY FROM VICTORSTENSSORO, PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIA, HOWEVER, THEY ARE ALL UNWILLING TO JOIN FORCES WITH THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BOLIVIAHE PARTIDOE IZQUIERDA NACIONAL (PRIN-NATIONAL LEFTIST REVOLUTIONARY PARTY) OR THE FALANGE SOCIALIST BOLIVIANA (FSB-BOLIVUZN SOCIALISTSHICH

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NOW CREATING DISTRUUANCES THROUGHOUT BOLIVIA. IF THEYEVOLUTION THEY WANT IT TO DE FREE OF THESE ELEMENTS IN ORDER THAT THEY MAYOVERNMENT MORE TO THEIR LIKEING.

OURING THE MEETING ONE OF THE GENERALS COMPLAINED THAT PAZ HAD ORDERED HIM TO SEND TROOPS INTO THE HUANUNI MlNOG AREA TO PACIFY THE MINERS. THE GENERAL SAID HE HAD NOT REFUSED, BUT WAS STALLING FOR TIME BECAUSE HE DOES NOT WANT TO ALIENATE THE PEOPLE TOWARDS THE ARMY. ARMY ACTION AGAINST THEM WOULD BE UNPATRIOTIC .

GENERAL RODRIGUEZESSAGE TO BARRIENTOS FROM PAZ WHICH SAID THAT IF BARRIENTOS WOULD RETURN TO HIS OFFICE AND COOPERATE WITH THE PRESIDENT, HE WOULD GARANTEE THAT

BARRIENTOS WILL BE PRESIDENTi. HOWEVER, BARRIENTOS IS UNWILLING fO ACCEPT THIS OFFER.

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