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Mexico affirms that Bolivia continues with the “police siege” in its Embassy

December 25, 2019
Un vehículo policial frente a la Embajada de México en La Paz

A police vehicle in front of the Mexican Embassy in La Paz – REUTERS / DAVID MERCADO

MADRID, Dec. 25 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico has affirmed on Tuesday that Bolivian security and intelligence forces continue with the “police siege” at their Embassy in La Paz, after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador indicated that it had been reduced ” considerably. ”

Mexico affirms that Bolivia continues with the “police siege” in its Embassy
Mexico affirms that Bolivia continues with the “police siege” in its Embassy

“Bolivian security and intelligence forces continue to surround both precincts of Mexico in La Paz, contrary to what officials from that country have declared,” the Ministry said in a statement.

According to the Mexican Government, Bolivian agents are following their official vehicles, recording the movement of people entering and leaving the Embassy, ​​making recordings and “have tried to stop the free transit of the Mexican ambassador and diplomatic personnel.”

“It is evident that these actions do not correspond to the usual practices of surveillance and protection of diplomatic properties, based on the norms that regulate the good coexistence between nations, and can only be explained in the light of the internal political situation by which it crosses that country, “the statement added.

Likewise, Mexico has warned that if this situation persists, it will hold Bolivia accountable “for any affectation to the diplomatic headquarters, its accredited staff and any person who is under the protection of the Mexican State in that country.”

The statements of the Mexican Government come after López Obrador affirmed that Bolivia had reduced its “extreme vigilance” over the Mexican Embassy “considerably.”

“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.

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.

The 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 jeopardize the 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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