Putting Off the Reckoning Day

Bolivia announces it will suspend payment of its foreign debt

For more than two years American bankers have been concerned that a Latin American nation would default on its loans. Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski, president of First Boston International and former Minister of Energy and Mines in Peru, has warned, "One of the smaller Latin American countries defaulting could set off a chain reaction." Last week Bolivia, though a mere mouse of a debtor by international standards, looked as if it could be the mouse that roared. The economically ailing country said that it will temporarily suspend repayment of its $3.4 billion in foreign...

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