Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has called a fresh summit of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in New York, the Chilean Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
The summit, to be held on Wednesday at the UN headquarters, will be attended by most of the 12 presidents from Unasur member countries, with the exception of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is now on a tour which includes China and Portugal.
The aim of the summit is to find ways to resolve the political crisis in Bolivia. Among the topics to be discussed at the summit is a preliminary report on the dialogue between Bolivian President Evo Morales and the opposition.
Bachelet, as the temporary president of Unasur, will also discuss with her colleagues the creation of a dialogue commission.
The commission will be led by Chilean diplomat Juan Gabriel Valdes, who will also attend the summit.
Valdes told a local Chilean radio station Monday that he was glad that the opposition and the government had shown their willingness to reach an agreement and to rebuild trust, adding that the process to reach peace might take longer.
"Obviously there are problems, but I think that nobody is questioning ...the territorial integrity of the country," Valdes added.
Bachelet travelled Monday night to New York where she will fulfil an intense agenda of bilateral meetings, besides the Unasur summit, one of them with Morales.
Last week, the Unasur members in Santiago, during the bloc's first extraordinary summit on the Bolivian political crisis, gave wide support to the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales and said they will not allow a coupe and the use of violence in that country.