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By Natuza Nery
BRASILIA, Sept 11 Brazil will not accept any
attempt to overthrow the government in Bolivia as opposition
protests there spiraled into deadly clashes with government
supporters, the Brazilian president's foreign policy adviser
said on Thursday,.
"We won't tolerate a rupture in the constitutional order of
Bolivia," Marco Aurelio Garcia, foreign policy adviser to
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told a news
"Brazil will not recognize any attempt at a government that
would substitute a constitutional government in Bolivia,"
Garcia said when asked whether this meant Brazil would send
troops to aid the Bolivian government of President Evo
Brazil has supported Morales' administration as the
legitimate, constitutional government in Bolivia and condemned
the violence which has left at least eight dead. [N11288319]
Garcia said Morales was prepared to receive emissaries from
Brazil, Argentina and Colombia and only needed to say when.
Bolivian protesters damaged a pipeline on Wednesday,
cutting one-tenth of the country's natural gas exports to
Brazil, which relies heavily on them.
A second incident briefly halved Bolivia's natural gas
exports to Brazil on Thursday, though almost all shipments were
restored, a pipeline operator said.
Gas supplies to Argentina were also disrupted.
Garcia said Brazil's view was that destabilizing the
country "could cause great damage" to the region and branded
the protesters' actions as "terrorism."
Morales told Lula he was "pessimistic" about the progress
of talks with the opposition, but Bolivia had overcome serious
crises before and could do so again, Garcia said.
"We hope that faced with these problems a solution can be
found to avoid the hypothesis of a civil war," he said.
(Reporting by Natuza Nery; Writing by Raymond Colitt and Peter