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Bolivia accuses the Spanish Embassy of “abuses” of its sovereignty over an incident in the Mexican legacy

December 28, 2019
Karen Longaric

Karen Longaric – REUTERS / DAVID MARKET – Archive

He states that several people were “with their faces covered and presumably armed”


The Government of Bolivia has accused the Spanish Embassy in the country of “abuses” on Friday of its sovereignty over an incident at the diplomatic headquarters of Mexico in the capital of the country, La Paz.

Bolivia accuses the Spanish Embassy of “abuses” of its sovereignty over an incident in the Mexican legacy
Bolivia accuses the Spanish Embassy of “abuses” of its sovereignty over an incident in the Mexican legacy

The foreign minister of the South American country, Karen Longaric, has denounced in a press conference and through a statement that “people who have been identified as officials of the Embassy of Spain in Bolivia, accompanied by people with their faces covered, tried to enter surreptitious and clandestine form to the diplomatic residence of Mexico in La Paz. ”

Thus, he stressed that “the number one question (…) is what was the reason for the Minister Minister of Spain to visit the Mexican ambassador accompanied by people with their faces covered and presumably armed, as the neighbors of area”.

In this regard, he has argued that “the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue a note to the Ministry of the Kingdom of Spain denouncing these abuses and demanding strict compliance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.”

The Bolivian minister has added that La Paz “is sending a copy” of the note “to all the organs of the European Union (…), in addition to the United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS) and all regional organizations that they link Bolivia. ”

“The Bolivian Foreign Ministry has yet to calmly analyze this issue, although the facts are evident, they are recorded in photographs and videos,” he said, before adding that the Bolivian Executive “will know how to give the appropriate response in a case of such an offense the sovereignty of Bolivia. ”

In another order of things, he said that the authorities “understand that they continue (within the diplomatic legation) the nine or ten people (…) who have been isolated for a long time.”


Longaric stressed that the Bolivian Police have “slowed the entry of vehicles to the facilities” and added that “the presence of people with faces covered in the condominium represented a potential threat.”

“The diplomatic staff of the Embassy of Spain freely entered the Mexican diplomatic residence and their dignity was respected at all times and their personal security was protected,” he said.

Longaric has pointed out that the actions of the security forces “were strictly attached to the standards of protection that the Vienna Convention obliges the Receiving State

Therefore, he stressed that “the actions of the staff of the Embassy of Spain violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations” and stressed that “diplomatic and security personnel of the Embassy of Spain in Bolivia are not authorized to carry firearms or wear outfits that hide your identity. ”

“These acts contravene the most fundamental diplomatic practices and violate the principle of inviolability, considering also that they used vehicles with diplomatic plates assigned to the Embassy of Spain, misusing the immunities, privileges and guarantees that the Bolivian State recognizes and grants to any diplomatic mission accredited in the country, “he argued.


Thus, Longaric has denounced that “these abuses profoundly affect the dignity and sovereignty of the Bolivian State, national security and jeopardize the physical integrity of temporary guests, of Mexican personnel themselves and of the residents of the area.”

“Likewise, the events that took place today ratify the attitude of interference in the internal affairs of Bolivia by the Government of Mexico and its accredited Embassy in La Paz, whose behaviors are stressing relations between both countries,” he criticized.

Along these lines, it is argued that “with these actions, the process of pacification and recovery of democratic institutions and the process of free and transparent elections is underway, in which the constitutional government is compromised, by decision of the Bolivian people and with support of the international community. ”

“The aforementioned ratifies once again the misunderstanding attitudes of some governments that, guided by ideological commitments and without understanding substantial aspects inherent to our national reality, commit acts of direct interference in violation of principles and values ​​that underpin the peaceful coexistence between states”, has pointed.

“The Bolivian people will defend democracy and, in the face of any threat to their internal security, they will be able to demonstrate peacefully by protecting their sovereignty and dignity,” Longaric has settled.

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