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Bolivia reduces its “extreme vigilance” on the Mexican Embassy following complaints from this country

December 24, 2019

MADRID, Dec. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that Bolivia has “considerably” reduced its “extreme vigilance” over the Mexican Embassy in La Paz after the US country complained.

“I have news that this situation of extreme vigilance in our Embassy in Bolivia has considerably diminished,” López Obrador has been questioned about this issue at the daily press conference, according to Mexican media.

Bolivia reduces its “extreme vigilance” on the Mexican Embassy following complaints from this country
Bolivia reduces its “extreme vigilance” on the Mexican Embassy following complaints from this country

The Mexican Government denounced on Monday that since last November 11 there is an “excessive presence” of agents of the security and intelligence services of Bolivia around the Embassy and the official residence of Mexico in La Paz.

Mexico indicated that it represents a “lack of compliance with the Vienna Convention”, which declares diplomatic missions “inviolable”, urging Bolivia to “fully respect and cover” its obligations under this international treaty.

“Mexico is confident that inviolability will be respected … and the corresponding measures will be carried out to guarantee the protection and protection of the physical integrity of the diplomatic mission building both inside and outside, as well as diplomatic agents accredited, “said the Foreign Ministry.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales also denounced that the new authorities of the Andean nation, “in the style of the military dictatorship,” have “surrounded” the diplomatic headquarters with police and 'drones' to “intimidate and endanger security of the asylees “.

The former ministers of the Presidency and of Cultures with Morales, Juan Ramón Quintana and Wilma Alanoca, are isolated at the Mexican Embassy in La Paz. The Bolivian government has requested the delivery of both, but Mexico has not satisfied the demand.

The relationship between Mexico and Bolivia has deteriorated since López Obrador gave Morales asylum. The indigenous leader resigned on November 10 and fled to Mexico. There, he spent almost a month until, after a brief stopover in Cuba for medical reasons, he arrived in Argentina, where he will stay as a refugee.

One of the issues that most bothered the Government of the self-proclaimed interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, were Morales' political statements from Mexico. Thus, the Bolivian authorities have trusted that Argentina also does not give it “an open microphone.”

Morales resigned after the Organization of American States (OAS) confirmed “irregularities” in the presidential elections held on October 20. The former president considers that he has been the victim of a “coup d'etat” and does not recognize Áñez.

Morales' MAS and the new ruling party have reached an agreement in Congress to hold new presidential elections in 2020 by expressly vetoing the indigenous leader as a possible candidate, so he will limit himself to being the MAS's campaign leader.

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