MADRID, Dec. 26 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Karen Longaric, has described as “absurd” the decision of the Mexican Government to denounce the Andean nation before the International Court of Justice for the “siege” of the Embassy and Residence of Mexico in La Paz.
Something “absurd, a mistake and a lack of seriousness,” said the head of Bolivian diplomacy in the Government of the self-proclaimed interim president, Jeanine Áñez, in an interview granted Thursday to the Red Erbol.
Longaric has defended that “all the assessments (of Mexico) have no support” because, as he has revealed, the Mexican authorities asked the Bolivian Executive to strengthen the security of his Embassy and Residence.
“On November 19 and 29, the Mexican Embassy, through verbal notes sent to the Bolivian Foreign Ministry, requested that security be strengthened. Similarly, the ambassador (…) visited me twice or three times to expressly request the Embassy security reinforcement “has counted.
In any case, he stressed that “the territory where the embassies are located is Bolivian territory”, thereby claiming the sovereign decisions of the Executive of Áñez.
In addition, he has again denounced an “absolute interference” by Mexico for hosting former Bolivian President Evo Morales for a month in the country as a political asylee and several of his collaborators at the Embassy.
“They qualify us as a 'de facto' government. They have no right to make that qualification, which goes against the will of the Bolivian people,” added the head of Foreign Affairs.
For all these reasons, he has assured that “Bolivia is very calm”. “He knows that he did not incur the irregularities denounced by the Mexican Foreign Ministry,” he has settled.
In the same line has expressed the Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo. “They threaten us to take us to the International Court of Justice. There we will meet, with pleasure, and see who has violated the treaties, if we, protecting the Embassy, or them, having given asylum to Evo Morales,” he said.
The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, has announced at the daily press conference that the country will attend the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday to demand that Bolivia respect the Embassy and Residence in La Paz.
According to Ebrard, the security forces guarding the diplomatic complex have gone from six to 90 after the arrival of former Morales partners as political asylees, which the Mexican government considers a “siege.”
Ebrard has accused the Government “de facto” of Bolivia of violating the Vienna Convention, which establishes the inviolability of diplomatic headquarters, and the Caracas Convention, which recognizes the right of political asylum among Latin American countries.
The foreign minister has emphasized that the right of asylum is “one of the best traditions” of Mexican diplomacy, recalling its worth before the Spanish Civil War, the persecution of the Nazis to Jews or military coups in Latin America during the 70s and 80s.
“That was not done by Pinochet,” said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who briefly took the floor on respect for diplomatic offices and the right to asylum.
In addition, Ebrard has stressed that Mexico has the support of the international community, expressly mentioning all EU countries and “almost all” Latin Americans. “Who in their right mind will support the violation of a diplomatic headquarters,” he said.