The new foreign minister of Uruguay, Francisco Bustillo, affirmed this Monday that Venezuela “is a dictatorship”, unlike what his predecessors said, during the presentation of the lines that his next administration will follow.
“In accordance with public international law, democratic norms, my own conviction, that of the President of the Republic, that of the entire Government, and I have no doubts that that of any inhabitant born in the land of Artigas (hero of Uruguay): With freedom not I neither offend nor fear, Venezuela is a dictatorship, “he emphasized.
However, he said that Uruguay “does not have the vocation of an international gendarme” therefore it is not his responsibility to point out or pursue dictatorships.
Likewise, he maintained that he will remain in the groups seeking a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan conflict, although he will not promote more dialogue due to “the lack of will of one of the parties” in reference to the government of Nicolás Maduro.
“When we really see that there is a will for dialogue, Uruguay will once again be one of the most important actors to find solutions,” he said.
When asked about Bolivia, the foreign minister said that he is in an electoral process “for the sake of recovering democracy in all its splendor,” although he said that his country does not pursue governments or point the finger.
Bustillo takes the place vacated by Ernesto Talvi, who resigned his position on July 1. The hitherto Uruguayan ambassador to Spain arrived on July 5 in Montevideo on the first scheduled flight of the Spanish airline Iberia since the closure of the borders by COVID-19.
After a week of mandatory quarantine despite having a negative COVID-19 test made in Spain, Bustillo held meetings with former presidents Julio María Sanguinetti (1985-1990 and 1995-2000), Lacalle Herrera (1990-1995), José Mujica (2010-2015) and Tabaré Vázquez (2005-2010 and 2015-2020).
During the official presentation at the Foreign Ministry headquarters attended by several cabinet members as well as former President Mujica, Bustillo said that he will seek to maintain “the rich tradition” in foreign matters that has allowed the country to be distinguished and this will be achieved if it takes foreign affairs as a state policy that includes opposition government.
“The country faces important challenges, several that focus on giving accurate responses to this great global economic crisis, finding alliances and boosting our foreign policy by promoting trade agreements,” he stressed, adding that this will be done without ideological positions.
Regarding Mercosur, he considered that Uruguay has a vocation “of open regionalism” in which it will try to seduce the members of the bloc to convince them of the virtues that this has.
In addition, he emphasized that he hopes to sign the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur during these six months of pro tempore presidency of the regional bloc.
Bustillo has an extensive diplomatic parchment since, among other positions, he was chief of staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the tenure of the then foreign minister Luis Almagro, today secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) and ambassador in Ecuador, Argentina and Spain.
(c) EFE Agency