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Minister Ampuero heads meeting with countries of the region and addresses the situation of Nicaragua

Monday, July 16, 2018

Earlier this Monday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, received at the headquarters of the Embassy of Chile in Brussels foreign ministers and diplomatic representatives of some countries in the region. With them, he analyzed the agenda of the II Celac-European Union Ministerial Meeting, which began this Monday and will conclude tomorrow in the Belgian capital.

The meeting, held at the diplomatic headquarters of Chile, was attended by the foreign ministers of Peru, Colombia, Paraguay and Guatemala, as well as diplomatic representatives from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica.

One of the central points addressed was the crisis in Nicaragua. In this context, the need to discuss the issue during the Celac-EU ministerial meeting was raised, as well as the idea of working on a joint declaration. This document was agreed by 12 other countries and disseminated during the day.

On Sunday, President Sebastián Piñera had instructed Foreign Minister Ampuero to raise Chile's position during the Celac-EU meeting. And the day before, in an official statement, the Government of Chile had expressed its condemnation of the violence used against citizens in that country, especially the repression by state agencies and vigilante groups against the mobilized population, as well as the deplorable events that took place on Friday at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua - Managua (UNAN). In addition, Chile urged the Government of Nicaragua to resume the mechanisms of dialogue and rapprochement and the search for paths towards peace and reconciliation.

Parallel to the discussion at the Celac-EU meeting, Foreign Minister Ampuero held a series of bilateral meetings: with his counterpart from Spain, Josep Borrell; from Austria, Karin Kneissl; and from Romania, Teodor-Viorel Meleşcanu.

He also signed a Working Holiday agreement with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn.