After nationalizing gas, which has surely damaged Spanish firm Repsol, Bolivian President Evo Morales wants Spain to double aid and to forgive Bolivia’s debt: The Spain Herald

Bolivian president Evo Morales yesterday accused Spanish prime minister Zapatero of not fulfilling his own promises. At a press conference before the European Union-Latin American summit in Vienna, Morales claimed that Zapatero promised to double Spanish aid to Bolivia should he, Morales, be elected. After Morales’s reproaches, the Zapatero administration announced an increase in aid, while Spanish energy company Repsol-YPF announced that it would take the Bolivian government to court if no agreement were reached on the effects of Morales’s nationalization.
At the press conference, Morales also claimed that Zapatero had offered to forgive Bolivia’s debt to Spain, “and I haven’t seen that, either.” Morales added that he hoped the Spaniards “would not be revengeful” in the wake of the fossil fuel nationalization. In a diplomatic snub, he left Spain out of a list of countries, including Cuba and Venezuela, that were cooperating “unconditionally” with his government.
Morales said, “Zapatero is a strategic ally for Bolivia,” and showed interest in bilateral talks in order to deal with problems affecting the two nations. Morales, who said he was also interested in dialogue with other European countries, also made allusion to “the black history of colonialism” and “reparations for the damage.” During the colonial period, he said, “there were policies of extermination of the indigenous peoples, and now it is important to recognize that those policies were wrong. I want to make a commitment to governments that think about majorities and repairing the damages of those 500 years.”

Really good: firstly, Spain is not in America since 1820s, so at the most their white ancestors were there only 3 centuries. And if he is asking for compensations for things so old, how on earth the firms are not going to ask for compensations on things that he has done right now? Bolivia is sovereign to nationalize everything and Spain is sovereign not to pay him for that…

You can read this story also in Guardian Unlimited

Both Mr Morales and Mr Chávez warned they could pull their countries from the five-nation group if the other members moved to conclude deals with the US.

Colombia and Peru have reached such agreements with Washington, and the deals must now be approved by their legislatures. Ecuador is still negotiating.

and Times Online:

Tony Blair, whom Señor Chavez has called the “main ally to Hitler” for his support of President George Bush and the war in Iraq, was more explicit, asking the two leaders to act responsibly.

“What countries do in their energy policy when they are energy producers like Bolivia and Venezuela matters enormously to all of us,” he said. “My only plea is that people exercise the power they have got in this regard responsibly for the whole of the international community.”

Since coming to power in December, Señor Morales has openly set about wooing China, South Africa and Iran as alternatives to traditional trading partners in Europe and North America.

Well, then, he can go and ask Iran, South Africa and China to aid him in exchange for the oil and gas resources…