‘The presence of president Luis Arce will be very important and therefore he will also be among those who will speak on the first day of the Assembly, which is the proof of a foreign policy with a far-reaching vision’, Bolivia´s ambassador to the UN, Diego Pary, said.
According to the diplomat, the the president´s main speech will take place on Tuesday afternoon and, as is customary, he will have 15 minutes for it, although he may use more time if needed.
He anticipated that among the main topics to be discussed will be the current international situation, marked by the war between Russia and Ukraine, the 2030 Agenda and the future food crisis that is coming.
It will be the second occasion in which Arce will intervene in this meeting in his capacity as head of State; in the first, on September 23, 2021, he denounced that the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, participated in the coup d’état executed in Bolivia in November 2019.
He then highlighted the need to find comprehensive solutions to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and proposed reaching agreements with multilateral organizations for ‘the financing and relief of foreign debt at the global level and to support social policies’.
He also claimed Bolivia’s right to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean ‘through dialogue and agreement’ with Chile on the basis of the 2018 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Pary announced that in the context of his presence in New York, Arce will hold bilateral meetings and participate in various dialogues.
Simultaneously, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Mayta, and the Deputy Foreign Minister, Freddy Mamani, will dialogue with their peers from different countries.
In statements to Prensa Latina, Mamani described the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba as intolerable, and in this sense he anticipated that the President’s speech before the General Assembly will make mention of this issue.