16 September 2008 – UNASUR against attempted coup in Bolivia

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During a meeting in Santiago, Chile, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) – whose founding treaty was signed four months ago, and of which Uruguay is a member – declared its condemnation of any situation that would signify an attempted coup in Bolivia. The presidents of nine South American countries pledged their full and determined support to Bolivian President Evo Morales, and issued a nine-point declaration condemning the actions of rebel governors who are demanding more autonomy for the five provinces where the current unrest is centred. It appears that the UNASUR declaration has contributed to a cooling down of the Bolivian conflict, and Morales and the five rebel governors are now scheduled to meet for talks. The Bolivian president was clearly pleased with the declaration: “For the first time in history, the countries of South America have decided to resolve the problems of South America themselves. It is well known that in the past, in Latin America, even domestic or bilateral matters were decided in the United States.”