Politics 08-10-2018

Foreign Minister Ampuero tries to "turn the page" and affirms that Bolivia is not the central issue of Chilean foreign policy

From Paris and after the ruling of the International Court of Justice of The Hague, the Secretary of State also avoided commenting on the presidential candidacy of the highland demand spokesman, Carlos Mesa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero , is part of the delegation that will tour France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Rome with President Sebastián Piñera. Specifically, from Paris he said in an interview with Mesa Cental of Canal 13 that they wanted, in this new phase after the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague , to initiate a dialogue with Bolivia and move forward with a future agenda.

This, after the international tribunal determined last Monday that there is no obligation to negotiate with the highland country a sovereign exit to the Pacific Ocean.

"Since the reading of the ruling, our position as a government, and quickly expressed by President Sebastián Piñera, was to make an invitation to dialogue to Bolivia but placing as a basic element in this possibility of dialogue: that Bolivia adheres to the law international , that recognizes the full validity of the 1904 Treaty that establishes our borders in perpetuity and that of course fully accepts the implications of this ruling of the ICJ , "said the foreign minister.

Ampuero stressed that the Government has led various activities at the international level such as the UN General Assembly , the meeting of the President with his US counterpart , Donald Trump , interventions at the OAS and that he himself had been touring Asia in China , Japan and Vietnam .

"Chile has a very broad and varied international agenda, and with this decision, Bolivia has the exact proportion that it should have in foreign policy , it is not the central theme of our foreign policy, and I say this with great respect towards our brothers and sisters. Bolivians, but Chile has a vision of the world and an international policy of which we are proud and we will continue working on it, "he said.

On the announcement of the presidential candidacy of Carlos Mesa , former President and spokesman of the Bolivian demand, backed by the Revolutionary Left Front (FRI), he avoided referring.

"As chancellor of Chile, it is not for me, nor is it the inspiration or desire of our government, that I am permanently commenting on the internal politics of Bolivia , it is the Bolivian brothers who have to decide who they are going to choose. Nothing to say, Chile is going to respect, of course, what the majority will of the Bolivian people is in the next elections. "

Treaty of Escazú

The chancellor, on the other hand, reaffirmed the Government's position on postponing the signing of the Treaty of Escazú . Agreement that seeks to improve access to information, justice and public participation in environmental matters in Latin America.

"The signature was opened less than a week ago and is open for countries to sign until 2020, this is not a race either, the fact that we have not signed implies a very precise thing: A government has to be very responsible before sign documents like these, "he said.

"If there appears at some point prior to that signature some indication, some doubt, some query that things are not going in the full direction of Chile's interests, the correctness of a responsible government, which is working until the last minute in great detail the documents that he signs, that is: 'moment, this I want to look at again what implications he has and until that is not clear, one signs it,' complemented the Secretary of State.


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