Bolivia Returns to ALBA, CELAC and UNASUR

The decision taken by the transitional government to suspend Bolivia’s participation in the aforementioned integration spaces responded to purely political interests, which have little to do with the integration vocation of the Bolivian people.

November 20, 2020 .-  The Bolivian Foreign Ministry reported in a statement the government decision to rejoin the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), to which the coup government resigned last year.

The text acknowledges: «The decision taken by the transitional government to suspend the participation of Bolivia in the aforementioned integration spaces responded to merely political interests, which have little to do with the integration vocation of the Bolivian people. The constitutive instruments of these regional and subregional integration processes were approved with the force of law, as established in the Political Constitution of the State. Therefore, the rights and obligations of Bolivia derived from these instruments have remained unchanged during the last years ”.

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The document cites Article 265 of the country’s Constitution, to highlight the commitment to Latin American integration as the only way to face the health, economic and environmental crisis that our region is currently experiencing.

In ALBA, an alliance founded in 2004, Bolivia was one of the main partners along with Nicaragua and other Caribbean islands, while in CELAC it did not assume the pro tempore presidency, due to the occurrence of the coup d’état.

 

 

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Translated by:  Walter Lippmann