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USA: Washington welcomes resignation of former Bolivian President Morales in OAS meeting

6 13.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Delegates gathering for Organization of American States (OAS) meeting, Washington DC
SOT, Carlos Trujillo, US Ambassador to OAS: "We salute the courage and strength of Bolivian people who have protested against a government trying to steal an election. They face danger and they still face danger as they fight for democracy and free and fair democratic elections. We also salute the restraint shown by the police and the armed forces. They have been loyal to their constitution and they are also supporting the constitutional process in Bolivia."
W/S Meeting in progress *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carlos Trujillo, US Ambassador to OAS: "We reject this ridiculous claim that the legal nullification of a fraudulent election is somehow a coup. We would note that the former President Morales actually resigned. Moreover, if there ever was a threat to the democracy, it was conducted by the Bolivian government, led by former President Evo Morales and defended by Foreign Minister (Diego) Pary (Rodriquez) in this very chamber to overturn the will of the Bolivian people."
W/S Meeting in progress *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carlos Trujillo, US Ambassador to OAS: "Former President Morales has called for resistance, which has resulted in violence and threats to oppositions. He must rescind this call for extrajudicial violence and intimidation. This is a very delicate and difficult situation. We call on all Bolivians to support the Bolivian transitional government, electoral reform and new free and fair elections and the Bolivian laws and the constitutional process."
W/S Meeting in progress *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carlos Trujillo, US Ambassador to OAS: "And finally, I would like to close by reading a statement from President Donald J. Trump regarding the resignation of Bolivian president Evo Morales. The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western hemisphere. After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the Bolivian people, Morales' departure preserves democracy and paves the way for the Bolivian people to have their voices heard. The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but more importantly, the Bolivian Constitution."
M/S Meeting ending
SCRIPT
U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Carlos Trujillo said that the US government supports the ouster of the former Bolivian President Evo Morales referring to the official Statement of President Trump at the OAS Permanent Council special meeting in Washington on Tuesday.
"We reject this ridiculous claim that the legal nullification of a fraudulent election is somehow a coup. We would note that the former President Morales actually resigned. Moreover, if there ever was a threat to the democracy, it was conducted by the Bolivian government, led by former President Evo Morales," Trujillo said during his speech.
He added saying that "Former President Morales has called for resistance, which has resulted in violence and threats to oppositions. He must rescind this call for extrajudicial violence and intimidation. This is a very delicate and difficult situation."
On Sunday, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation, following weeks of unrest in the wake of the disputed October 20 presidential election. Morales said he had received threats from opposition leaders and was eventually forced by the country's military to step down.