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Bolivian Foreign Minister Censured

Bolivian President Carlos Mesa has refused to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, whom lawmakers censured over comments regarding a water dispute with neighboring Chile.

President Mesa refused Foreign Minister Juan Ignacio Siles' resignation Thursday, and sent a letter expressing confidence and support for Mr. Siles' work.

The trouble started Wednesday after Mr. Siles was quoted as telling businessmen that Bolivia could face a military attack from Chile if Bolivia blocks the Silala River.

Chile considers the Silala an international river, but Boliva says it alone owns the waterway.

Bolivia has been landlocked since losing an 1879 war with Chile. The two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.