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  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales accompanied by Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera speaks during a rally in El Alto outskirts La Paz, Bolivia, January 23, 2019.

    Bolivia's President Evo Morales accompanied by Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera speaks during a rally in El Alto outskirts La Paz, Bolivia, January 23, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 31 January 2019

The governments of Uruguay and Mexico will host an international conference on Feb. 7 to find a peaceful solution.

Bolivian President Evo Morales says Bolivia is backing the initiative by Mexico and Uruguay to call an international conference to discuss a peace solution for Venezuela.

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“Bolivia greets and support the initiative by the brother countries Mexico and Uruguay, answering to the petition by the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Pope Francis, the pope of the poor, to call an international conference in order to reach a peaceful solution to Venezuela,” Morales tweeted in his personal account.

The president explained that Bolivia is a peaceful country that trusts dialogue, and reaffirmed its support for the democracy and sovereignty of the Venezuelan people.

“We support a concerted solution to the problems, without imperial intervention and wars in Latin America,” he said.

Days before, the Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary Rodriguez announced that Bolivia would be willing to participate in every necessary conference to back a dialogue process in Venezuela.

On Wednesday, Uruguay’s foreign ministry issued a joint statement with Mexico, calling for a conference with the participation of neutral governments and international institutions to discuss possible solutions.

During the U.N. Security Council meeting on Saturday, the Uruguayan ambassador Elbio Rosselli said his country would never support an armed intervention as a means to solve an international crisis and reiterated Uruguay’s request for the Venezuelan government and the opposition supporters of the U.S.-backed, illegal, presidential imposter, Juan Guaido, to hold a peaceful discussion between both parties.

The Mexican government, led by the center-left President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has often explained that his administration is sticking to a 1930 foreign policy based on the principles of non-intervention, self-determination and peaceful solution to controversies.

The conference will take place on Feb. 7 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and both countries hope it will bring together representatives from more than 10 countries and international institutions who “wish to bet on diplomacy.”

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