Bolivia rejects sanctions in order to bend governments | News
The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce Catacora, intervened this Tuesday in the 77th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) and rejected the unilateral sanctions imposed by powerful nations with the purpose of bending governments, at the expense of of the hunger and suffering of the peoples.
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“In the current world situation, no country should be persecuted, sanctioned or cornered for exercising their right to freely determine their own political, economic and social systems,” said the president.
During his speech, Arce condemned the inclusion of Bolivia in a list of drug transit countries or producers of illicit substances, while ratifying his country’s commitment to the fight against this global scourge.
We participate in the 77th Period of Sessions of the United Nations, which should allow us to continue strengthening multilateralism to more effectively confront the new and old threats that lie in wait for humanity. #UNGA2022 https://t.co/WU8vNXeLK1
– Luis Alberto Arce Catacora (Lucho Arce) (@LuchoXBolivia)
September 20, 2022
The dignitary said that Bolivia has a sovereign policy to fight drug trafficking, which has given important results, and is willing to share its experiences with other nations such as the United States (USA), Peru and Colombia.
In this sense, Arce proposed a change of approach, oriented towards regionalization, in order to make the fight against drug trafficking less militarized and more socially oriented.
Arce ratified the sovereignty over Bolivia’s natural resources, such as lithium, and its industrialization, as well as its willingness to guide its use towards the benefits of the peoples and not the transnationals or privileged groups.
“We reject all kinds of interference and efforts to destabilize democracy in Bolivia for the sake of controlling lithium,” he said in response to recent statements by the commander of the US Southern Command, Laura J. Richardson, who follows surrounds the events in the so-called lithium triangle made up of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
Current situation in Bolivia
Arce also shared the Bolivian experience after the restructuring of democracy in 2020, which managed to channel an economic model away from the impositions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“Our economic model responds to our political, economic, social and cultural reality, and is based on an active role of the State in the economy. These responsible and sovereign policies have allowed us to return to the path of stability and economic growth with redistribution of income”; he explained she.
He stressed that Bolivia is currently experiencing economic growth of 4 percent, and registered an inflation rate of 1.6 percent as of August, “the lowest in the region and one of the lowest in the world,” with a rate of 4.5 percent unemployment.
Likewise, Arce explained Bolivia’s right to an outlet to the sea, and stated that as a result of past circumstances, the country currently faces multiple barriers to transportation, communication and trade.
We hope that dialogue and diplomacy can succeed to overcome the injustices of a war driven by capitalist interests and thus better build a future between brother peoples, he stressed.
The international context and concrete proposals
In his address to the UN, the Bolivian head of state expressed his concern about the increase in armed conflicts that humanity is currently experiencing, and urged the UN to work to declare the world a zone of peace.
Arce recalled the agreement reached in 2014 during a summit in Havana of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), when the Latin American region was declared a zone of peace.
He stated that Bolivia is committed to the path of dialogue and respects the existence of a balanced multipolar world, based on the diplomacy of the peoples.
“Multilateralism is the only mechanism that represents a guarantee of respect between States, regardless of their economic or military power; therefore, we consider that any breach of international peace and security is linked to the insufficient articulation of the mechanisms provided for in the Charter of the United Nations or, failing that, to its flagrant transcription, ”he specified.
He highlighted the need to replace the production of weapons of mass destruction in compensation for the world’s poor, as well as the strengthening of health systems as guarantees of collective rights to face the effects of the global economic crisis among the most vulnerable sectors.
The Bolivian president also alluded to the establishment of a global food security program, in harmony with Mother Earth, to reverse the ecological crisis facing the planet, which has turned into famines, with the countries of Asia, Africa and and Latin America.
Therefore, he urged the international organization to work to facilitate access to seeds, fertilizers, technologies, credits and various private and community forms of access to markets, to achieve better living conditions in their communities in harmony with Mother Earth.
Consequently, he also addressed the issue of the climate crisis and how an “ecological collapse” is taking place if action is not taken in time to change production and consumption patterns with political will.
“To reverse the climate crisis, we need to resolve the economic, social and political contradictions caused by the capitalist model, as well as those that exist between human beings and nature,” said the president.