The governments of Mexico and Bolivia called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to respect the will of the Bolivian people and refrain from intervening in the internal affairs of the countries.
In a joint statement, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his Bolivian counterpart, Luis Arce Catacora, warned that they will not tolerate interference from the OAS.
The declaration agreed to reach an agreement to abolish visas by May and promote universal access to vaccines and medical supplies to deal with Covid-19.
They pointed out that it is important to promote the exclusively technical, objective, and impartial nature of the OAS electoral observation missions, which must adhere to the principles of non-intervention, respect for self-determination, dialogue, negotiation, the search for consensus, and a peaceful solution. of controversies, considering as a priority the construction of a multilateralism that favors the well-being of the people and the dignity of the peoples.
“They agreed on the need for the OAS General Secretariat to limit itself to acting within its own institutional framework and to refrain from intervening in the internal affairs of the member states. Mexico urged the OAS to respect the will of the Bolivian people and democracy. Both countries will not tolerate interference in the internal affairs of the countries ”, they specified.
On March 17, the Mexican government criticized the OAS and asked it to avoid interference in the internal affairs of Bolivia, after the organization questioned the detention of former President Jeanine Áñez and pointed out that Bolivian judicial mechanisms “have once again been transformed. in repressive instruments of the ruling party ”.
Through his Twitter account, President Arce said that the meeting also addressed commercial, economic, social and cultural integration: “We recover the brotherhood between the two peoples,” he stressed.
Both Mexico and Bolivia agreed that the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of keeping Latin America and the Caribbean “strong, united and in solidarity”, and where no country in the region is excluded from universal, fair access , equitable and timely to medicines, vaccines and medical supplies.
They reiterated their support for the Covax mechanism as a multilateral instrument for equitable access to vaccines and welcomed the Mexican-Argentine agreement that, together with the Carlos Slim Foundation and the Mabxcience and Liomont companies of Argentina and Mexico, and the University of Oxford, will allow joint manufacturing of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine with the commitment to supply Bolivia and the Latin American and Caribbean region.
López Obrador stressed that it was a feat of the Bolivian people who, without much violence, will recover their democracy.
“For us it is very satisfactory that democracy has been recovered in Bolivia and that it has been achieved without much violence. It was really a feat of the Bolivian people and it is also satisfactory that we meet again, because Bolivia and Mexico are sister nations, we belong to our America ”, he said.
López Obrador welcomed President Arce Catacora, whom he called “a friend, colleague and brother, the fruit of a popular democratic indigenous movement.”
Arce Catacora, who yesterday began an official visit, thanked Mexico for its support during the 2019 coup and stressed that the visit opens a good opportunity to reestablish diplomatic relations that were diminished by the attitudes of the de facto government.
“Being present means restoring our relations with the countries, which due to the de facto attitude of the previous government, our relations with nations such as Mexico or China were diminished,” he said.
He highlighted the work of the then Mexican ambassador to Bolivia, María Teresa Mercado, who during the coup d’état helped the Bolivian people and especially her person: “That is why they had our Mexican ambassador in their sights,” he said. .
He also praised the solidarity of the Mexican people, because by giving asylum to deposed President Evo Morales for two months, he received signs of affection.
President López Obrador highlighted the economic model promoted in Bolivia by Morales, “because it lifted millions of people out of poverty and managed to redistribute wealth.”