Bolivia accused this Friday of Embassy of Spain in La Paz of committing “abuses” to his sovereignty, due to an incident with the Bolivian Police that guards a diplomatic headquarters of Mexico in this city.
The Acting Foreign Minister of Bolivia, Karen Longaric, announced a note of protest before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, for the incident apparently caused by Spanish embassy officials who were “hooded” and “presumably armed”.
Longaric read to the media in La Paz a statement in which he detailed that the incident occurred in the morning local time at the residence of the Mexican ambassador to Bolivia, María Teresa Mercado.
The residence It is believed that it is home to around a dozen people whom the interim Government of Bolivia accused before the Justice of different crimes, among them several former ministers of the Evo Morales prosecuted for charges such as terrorism. One of them, the former Minister of the Presidency of Bolivia, Juan Ramon Quintana, former ambassador of Bolivia in Cuba.
The provisional Executive of Jeanine Áñez described the incident as an “outrage against the sovereignty” of Bolivia, after they were “identified as officials of the Spanish embassy in Bolivia” who were “accompanied by hooded men.”
The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia pointed out that these people “They tried to enter the diplomatic residence surreptitiously and clandestinely”.
“The Bolivian Police stopped the entry of the vehicles”, with license plates from the Spanish embassyAs “the presence of hooded men represented a potential threat,” he commented.
Karen Longaric affirmed that later the diplomatic personnel of Spain could enter “freely”.
PROTEST BEFORE SPAIN
The interim Foreign Minister blamed Spain for violating the Vienna Convention, causing “an obvious threat” to the Mexican residence by not respecting its “inviolability”, since diplomatic personnel cannot carry firearms “or hide their identity.”
“These outrages deeply affect the dignity and sovereignty of the Bolivian State,” he denounced.
Longaric criticized “the misunderstanding of some governments, which, guided by ideological commitments and without understanding substantial aspects inherent to our national reality, commit acts of direct interference.”
“The facts are evident,” he stressed, while wondering why they were going to visit the Mexican ambassador “with people with their faces covered and presumably armed.”
TENSION WITH MEXICO
The appearance of the transitory chancellor occurred after various comments about the incident appeared on social networks, one of them from the Mexican ambassador herself, although it was later removed from Twitter.
The message read: «I am with the business manager and the Spanish consul in residence, they have stopped their car with diplomatic plates in addition to having attacked them !!!! That is violation of the CVRD !!!! -Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties- In addition to entering aupts -autos- with heavily armed military!«.
The Government of Mexico, for its part, denounced that Bolivian police officers, who keep surveillance of the Mexican diplomatic headquarters in La Paz, blocked the departure of Spanish diplomats who were at the ambassador’s residence.
According to a statement from the Mexican Foreign Ministry, the Spanish consul in Bolivia, Álvaro Fernández, and the business manager of the Spanish embassy, Cristina Borreguero, spent more than an hour waiting to be able to leave the residence because the Bolivian Police prevented the passage of their drivers.
Bolivia and Mexico have maintained constant diplomatic tension since Evo Morales was welcomed into the North American country, after resigning from power last November, denouncing a coup to overthrow him.
Mexico accuses Bolivia of besieging its diplomatic headquarters in La Paz, while the interim government of the South American country denounces that they are hosting those persecuted by the Bolivian Justice. EFE