The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Boucher and friends utterly at sea on Bolivia seacoast issue!
Fun and games again at Richard Boucher's daily set .
Firstly, he's asked (January 14)
...on the Bolivian issue. Is the U.S. Administration going to be, in any way take part on this issue to the -- to help Bolivia in the access to the sea with Argentina? Could you confirm that? It is any plan to have any meeting with the president of Argentina and President Bush in the future to talk --
Then, after some more Q&A, a questioner (the original?) has an anxiety attack:
QUESTION: The -- I just want make one thing -- you're not aware that Bolivia is seeking access to the South Atlantic, are you?
Seeking access to the Atlantic? What sort of bozo is this? Give the guy a map or something...
Except he's not wrong. Not entirely. There is a plan to give Bolivia access to the Atlantic: the Hidrovía Parana-Paraguay.
It's a project - over 2,000 miles of mouth-watering civil engineering challenges - as tempting, theoretically, as Cecil Rhodes' notion of a Cape to Cairo railway - and, so far as I can see, about as practical .
My guess (on the basis of almost no hard data) is that Bolivia will get a sovereign Pacific sea-port before a single cargo leaves Bolivia and travels down to the Atlantic via the HPP. And my interest in the project is hereby declared nipped in the bud.
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