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Political Council of ALBA-TCP strongly condemns coup d'etat in Bolivia

Political Council of ALBA-TCP strongly condemns coup d'etat in BoliviaHAVANA, Nov 15 (ACN) The 8th extraordinary meeting of the Political Council of ALBA-TCP expressed this Thursday a resounding condemnation of the coup d'etat in Bolivia against the government of Evo Morales Ayma, in a meeting held in Managua, Nicaragua by the members of that entity.

The ACN then passes on the final statement of the meeting.
Managua, November 14, 2019
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Delegation of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), meeting in Managua on the occasion of their 8th Extraordinary Meeting of the Political Council:
1. We reiterate the unrestricted commitment of the ALBA-TCP countries to Latin American and Caribbean unity, through solidarity, political agreement and integration, as well as the defense of our sovereignty and self-determination, based on the principles of International Law and the precepts of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace approved at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit, on January 29, 2014, in Havana, Cuba.
Political Council of ALBA-TCP strongly condemns coup d'etat in Bolivia
2. We unequivocally condemn the coup d'etat against the Government of brother Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the persecution and excessive violence inflicted on their Ministers and other government officials, as well as their leaders and families.
3. We are unaware of the claims of those who proclaim themselves legitimate authorities, violating the constitutional order of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, by virtue of which any designation or legal provision is null and void.
4. We stress that the resignation of the President and Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia can only be made effective by the majority decision of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly. As long as this juridical-political fact does not occur, Evo Morales Ayma remains the Constitutional President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Alvaro Garcia Linera its Vice President.
5. We demand respect for the institutionality represented by the Plurinational Legislative Assembly and reiterate the need to guarantee the security and well-being of legitimately elected legislators and senators so that they can hold sessions in line with its rules and regulations.
6. We denounce the opposition groups of the Bolivian oligarchy and the civic committees, which have the support of foreign governments, as the only ones responsible for the violence unleashed in several of the main cities of Bolivia, which has already claimed the lives of dozens of citizens.
7. We support the willingness of President Evo Morales Ayma to return to the country and convoke a great national dialogue as a political way to restore stability, peace and, above all, constitutional order to the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
8. We ratify the universal principles of non-discrimination based on nationality, race, gender or social condition, which foster supremacist ideas and nationalisms, such as those that can be evidenced in the demonstrations of violent groups led by Bolivia's civic committees.
9. We repudiate the statements of the President of the Government of the United States of America, Donald Trump, which show both his support for the coup d'etat in Bolivia and the threat to the legitimate, sovereign and free governments of the sister Republics of Nicaragua and Venezuela. In that regard, we remind the US Government of its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations and international law.
10. We thank the Government of Mexico for the support given to our brother President Evo Morales Ayma, for granting political asylum for humanitarian reasons. We are well aware that the Government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the Mexican people welcome him with open arms.
11. We recognize the President-Elect of the Argentine Republic, Alberto Fernandez, and his Vice President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, for the efforts made to guarantee the life of President Evo Morales Ayma and that allowed his departure to the United Mexican States.
12. We condemn the actions taken by some governments to prevent the departure of President Evo Morales Ayma from Bolivia, as well as the steps taken to ensure that the Mexican Air Force plane transporting him could not overfly or land in Latin American countries, jeopardizing his safety, that of his companions and that of the Mexican crew.
13. We demand respect for the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which ensures the protection of diplomatic officials and offices, as well as international conventions and treaties on human rights and asylum.
14. We, the ALBA-TCP countries, declare ourselves in permanent session of consultation with all the governments of the world to assess joint actions that will allow us to accompany the Bolivian people in the restoration of legality and the restitution of the Bolivian President, brother Evo Morales Ayma.

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