Vidal: "The right wing has no foreign policy"

This was the reaction from the Minister of the Presidency after being questioned by the Alianza about the usefulness of a meeting that has been scheduled today with UNASUR nations to address the current conflict in Bolivia.

15 de Septiembre de 2008 | 12:40 | El Mercurio Online

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SANTIAGO.- The Minister of the Presidency, Francisco Vidal, maintained today that the right wing has no experience with foreign policy and no idea about how the world works. This was his retort to the questioning from the Alianza over the effectiveness of a meeting that is scheduled to be held today among the countries that make up the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to address the conflict in Bolivia.

"There is something deeper here, the right is just getting started after spending 50 years estranged from democratic governance in Chile— and does not possess foreign policy", Vidal told Radio Cooperativa.

Referring to possible tensions between Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and President Bachelet over the alleged link between the Chilean government journalist, Hugo Gutierrez, and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), Vidal stated, "when it comes to foreign affairs, the government responds solely and exclusively to the President's orders".

The statement was made in response to whether or not the President of Colombia should offer President Bachelet an explanation for the confidential information concerning Gutiérrez and the FARC, which was given to Sebastián Piñera by an unnamed government official.

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