Morales Confirms Bolivia's Alignment with Iran

Los Tiempos, Cochabamba, 31-Aug-2010: President Evo Morales qualified Iran as a pacificist country and Israel as a terrorist country and criticized the United Nations for not putting a halt to the "Israeli nuclear race".


"I want to tell the world: there are countries that are organizing and preparing to defend themselves and they are pacifist countries (alluding to Iran) but there are also countries that are arming themselves to invade and these are terrorist countries (Israel). That's the situation we're living today in the world," he said.

Morales made these statements yesterday after meeting with an Iranian delegation presided over by the Minister of Industry and Mining, Ali Akbar Mahrabian, who arrived to sign a line of credit to be invested in various projects.

"According to reports from several sources, Israel has between 60 and 200 nuclear bombs have not been declared or investigated. There is no United Nations commission to impose sanctions on them," said the president, without indicating what those sources of information are.

"On the other hand," he stated, "Iran is constantly threatened by the United States" despite the fact that "official international reports" confirm, according to Morales, that the Islamic country "does not have a single nuclear bomb".

"Here we have to ask our selves why Iran is being punished while Israel is allowed to have an illegal nuclear arsenal," questioned the president.

Morales broke diplomatic relations with Israel at the beginning of 2009 when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. In September 2007, Bolivia formalized diplomatic relations with Iran. At the time this was seen by former chancellors and opposition political leaders as complex and they warned the president to be careful about sustaining a relationship with a country that is questioned over its nuclear program.

Yesterday the president announced the the Minister of Planning, Viviana Caro, would travel to Iran in September to advance on details regarding economic cooperation and indicated he also would travel again to Tehran, on an unspecified date, after having accepted an invitation from his Iranian peer, Mahmoud Ahmadineyad, who has also visited La Paz previously.

Yesterday the president once again accused the United States of promoting intervention in other countries and using the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking as an excuse.

"You know that countries use drug trafficking and terrorism as a pretext to invade, but we are obligated as a people to form a world people's movement for peace to ensure the death mercenaries do not once again sow mourning among humanity to impose their dominion upon the world," he said.

Along this same line, Morales Ayma reminded listeners that per its constitution, Bolivia is a pacifist country, but that it has a right to "prepare to defend itself if there is an invasion".

According to the president, the central objective of all countries of the United Nations is to "defend life, humanity and ensure equality with dignity so there can be social peace in the world, peace for all the peoples of the world", but he stated that is a separate debate.

The Iranian minister announced that his country would continue to cooperate with Bolivia based on an extensive program that President Mahmoud Ahmadineyad signed with Morales during his visit to La Paz in September of 2007 when he signed a 1 billion dollar aid plan for various sectors, including hydrocarbons.

"Based on mutual respect we will develop our cooperation with Bolivia and we hope for a brilliant future of collaboration between the two countries," stated the Iranian minister.

"Fortunately, both countries have common objectives in the international community. We believe multi-lateralism must be the current way of doing things," said Mehrabian.

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

- Bolivia broke diplomatic relations with Israel at the beginning of 2009 when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip.

- The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadineyad, visited La Paz on 27 September 2007 to sign a billion dollar aid plan with his peer, Evo Morales, for various sectors of Bolivia including hydrocarbons. At the time, the two presidents formalized diplomatic relations and mutual cooperation.

- Ahmadineyad returned to Bolivia at the end of 2009 and at the time delivered projects from his country to Bolivia, among them two milk plants and a hospital.

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Date: 31-Aug-2010
Source: Los Tiempos

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Sep 02, 2010
not a wise choice
by: Anonymous

Morales' "trade visits" and exchanges with Iran are a farce. Iran has NO products that would be of any use to Bolivia trade-wise other than potential nuclear weapons. And the only thing Iran is interested in is Bolivia's uranium and lithium.

Morales is anything BUT wise in this matter, his decisions are guided by hate and revenge, and Bolivia will pay dearly for his mistakes in the future.

Morale's claims about the U.S. may or may not be true - he has NEVER shown any proof in any way for any of the accusations he has made against the United States. He is persecuting and filing lawsuits against anyone in Bolivia who speaks against him or accuses his of something without showing proof. Yet he makes accusations all the time and NEVER shows any proof. But that is really beside the point here.

Iran's intentions are certainly NO better than any U.S. intentions in any way, shape or form; definitely are NOT altruistic in any way, shape or form; and Iran's "no conditions attached financial aid" absolutely WILL come with dangerous strings attached for Bolivia.

Sep 01, 2010
Diplomatic Morales doesn't tell the truth,,,
by: locojhon

,,,due to his diplomatic omissions.
His claims are spot-on correct--that is, as far as they go.
When he states "You know that countries use drug trafficking and terrorism as a pretext to invade, but we are obligated as a people to form a world people's movement for peace to ensure the death mercenaries do not once again sow mourning among humanity to impose their dominion upon the world," he neglects to mention the extent of that very same domination.
The USA has at least one military base on most of the nations in the UN?totaling between 700 and 900 bases on other peoples' lands--depending on whether/how one counts those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where the US wars, bases are planted like long-lasting trees--some are over one hundred years old now.
One might reasonably ask how it could do so?
Arguably, the USA virtually owns the UN (witness the unpunished crimes of Israel) and has the power to determine by itself what is done in the world body that has become little more than a tool for empire (if it ever was anything else).
Morales' concerns about the continued US attempts to take over the rest of Latin America are well-founded. Witness the US warships salivating to land Marines in Costa Rica. Witness the US-inspired/aided 2009 coup in Honduras. Witness the seven new bases in Colombia. Witness the coups/attacks on Panama, Grenada, Cuba, Haiti and most of the other LatAm nations going back over 100 years--including an attempted coup waged against Morales himself.
Morales the historian knows all about these deeds and more, which is why he is concerned about US hegemony in LatAm.
Morales the diplomat, wisely understates the truthful case by omissions, and rather than pointing fingers at possibly complicit neighbors, encourages regional cooperation as the best way to oppose US hegemony in a peaceful, non-warring manner.
locoto


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