Bolivia to publish Che Guevara diaries before ALBA summit

MOSCOW, October 5 (RIA Novosti) - Bolivia's Culture Ministry will publish over 1,000 copies of legendary Argentinean revolutionary Che Guevara's diaries dating back to his 1966-1967 Bolivian campaign, Latin American media reported Monday.

Culture Minister Pablo Groux said the diaries were written by Guevara from November 7, 1966 to October 6, 1967. They were digitized in 2008 and will form the basis for the book, to include illustrations and material of political interest.

"We are publishing a facsimile copy of Comandante Che Guevara's diaries. The document has had the status of a state secret in the archives of Bolivia's Central Bank since 1985 and now people can have a look at them," Groux said.

Ernesto Che Guevara spent the last years of his life in Bolivia. He flew there in November 1966 to organize a guerilla movement, was taken captive in October 1967 and shot dead in the La Higuera village.

The diaries will be published ahead of an October 16-17 summit of the leaders of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), to be held in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

The Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America was established in 2004 on the initiative of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, with "alternative" later replaced by "alliance."

ALBA comprises Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Honduras, Ecuador, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Haiti, Iran and Uruguay have observer status.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is expected to personally present the book to ALBA leaders and foreign ministers. Copies will also be given to libraries and cultural establishments of ALBA members.

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