- Title: Bolivia accuses Spain's Sanchez of trying to 'colonize' Andean country
- Date: 30th December 2019
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (REUTERS) VEHICLE PASSING BY THE URBANIZATION LA RINCONADA, WHERE THE RESIDENCE OF MEXICO'S AMBASSADOR IS LOCATED, HONKING HORN
- Embargoed: 13th January 2020 00:15
- Keywords: Bolivia Jorge Quiroga Mexico Pedro Sanchez Spain diplomacy spat
- Location: LA PAZ AND COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA
- City: LA PAZ AND COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA005BC13XAF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Jorge Quiroga, a former president of Bolivia and Morales critic accused Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of wanting to 'colonize' the Andean nation on Sunday (December 29).
''Pedro Sanchez (Spain's acting prime minister), is looking to form a government over there (Spain). He has enormous difficulties, we know that. But don't look to fix your internal governance, Mr. Pedro Sanchez, at the cost of colonizing our country, Bolivia, with modern invasions.''
Quiroga, who acts as the delegate to the international community of Bolivia, said they would turn to the Lima Group and OAS to ''denounce this conspiracy against the democratic reconstruction in Bolivia.''
Meanwhile, a group of people continue to take part in a vigil at the entrance of the Urbanization La Rinconada, where the residence of Mexico's ambassador is located, in La Paz, Bolivia.
Bolivia's acting foreign minister Karen Longaric has urged Mexico to stay out of Bolivian domestic affairs after the collapse last month of former leader Evo Morales's Socialist government.
A dispute has been brewing for days between Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Bolivia's interim leaders over Mexico's granting of asylum in its diplomatic facilities in La Paz to nine people, including allies of Morales who Bolivia wants to try for sedition and armed revolt. Spain has also been dragged into the dispute. On Friday (December 27), Bolivian police impeded the departure of visiting Spanish officials from the premises.
Mexico in turn says Bolivian authorities have harassed and intimidated its diplomatic staff, and has asked the International Court of Justice to mediate in the dispute.
(Production: Santiago Limachi, Monica Machicao)
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