Bolivian President Evo Morales has accused the United States of harboring terrorists and urged that UN headquarters be moved from New York.
Morales made the remarks in his speech to the 68th UN General Assembly on Wednesday, AFP reported.
“I would like you to be aware that the United States harbors terrorists and the corrupt,” said Morales, adding, “They take refuge here, and the United States does not help in the fight against corruption.”
The socialist president called for the United Nations to leave New York City because of US “blackmail” and bullying.
“No guaranteed visas, no guaranteed overflights. We feel threatened, bullied and blackmailed over visas,” he said, adding that the United States “has never ratified treaties related to human rights.”
“We must seriously think about changing the headquarters of the United Nations,” said Morales.
The Bolivian president also told the annual UN leaders’ summit that he did not feel safe in the US because of spying and security concerns.
“How can we be safe at a meeting of the United Nations here in New York? Some do not believe in imperialism and capitalism and feel totally unsafe,” Morales said.
The UN headquarters has been in New York since the global body’s creation in 1945.
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President Evo Morales Denounces IMF, CNN & Old Order at United Nations February 20, 2013
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Bolivian President Evo Morales held a UN press conference on February 20, 2013. He spoke eloquently about the privatization (robbery) verses nationalization of airports and natural resources by the International Monetary Fund. Morales also spoke to the issue of corporate power and corporate dominance of the UN highlighting the fact that transnational corporations had tried to block the declaration of the International Year of Quinoa. Inner City Press asked Morales his opinion on corporate involvement in UN programs on water, and on climate change. (Bank of America, for example, has been allowed to place its chairman on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s high level group on sustainable energy for all, despite BofA being the biggest funder of mountain top removal coal mining.)
Morales spoke of successes in Bolivia including the introduction of loans at six percent rather than thirty six percent and the increase in reserves and called for an investigation of the IMF for the money it stole from Latin America. Morales criticized Barack Obama, joking that the only reasons the USA doesn’t have a coup d’etat is that there is no American ambassador inside the US.
Racism and Colonialism:
Before all this, Morales called on a Latina reporter for the first question, but was stopped. It was demanded that he call on the UN Correspondents’ Association, which has put its name on the corner front row seat. Morales shook his head and continued to call on who he’d called on.
“But it’s tradition,” Evo Morales was told, loudly.
The first question, so hard won, led nowhere. Does UNCA work for Ban Ki-moon, as alleged, essentially the UN Censorship Alliance? It seems so. Morales also discussed how interventions are led by capitalism with a recent example being that of Libya.
Morales criticized the old order which was present, in the form of UNCA and its arrogant insistence that it is entitled to receive the first question – no matter what.
In 2012 UNCA attempted to have investigative press thrown out of the UN for questioning France, Sri Lanka and conflicts of interest.