"The coup government of (Jeanine) Anez wants to return to diplomatic relations with Chile, surely wants to deliver to the Chilean oligarchy our nationalized companies and NRNN (natural resources) like lithium; I'm not surprised, as (the former presidents) Goni and Carlos de Mesa wanted to give away our gas, "Morales posted on his Twitter account, from his exile in Mexico.
The coup government of Anez wants to have diplomatic relations with #Chile, surely wants to deliver to the Chilean oligarchy our nationalized companies and NRN as lithium. It doesn't surprise me, just as Goni and Carlos de Mesa wanted to give away our gas.
– Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) December 4, 2019
The aforementioned presidents are the neo-liberals Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (1993-1997 and 2002-2003) and Mesa (2003-2005), promoters of a liquefied natural gas export project by Chilean ports that unleashed a wave of protests that left about 70 dead and caused the fall of the first in October 2003.
Morales made the comment in response to de facto government deputy chancellor Gualberto Rodriguez, who said that La Paz considers "normalize and regularize relations with all countries, including Chile, a country that also passes through a period of social upheaval".
La Paz and Santiago have broken their diplomatic relations since 1978, when a negotiation that wanted Chile to grant Bolivia sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean back failed.
Since the change of government, the Bolivian Foreign Ministry undertook an accelerated change in the international relations of the country that included the appointment of a special ambassador to the United States, after 11 years of distancing, and announcements of resumption of relations with Israel and of "deideologization "of strong ties with Russia and China.
"We think we have to examine the situation and we will see how the procedures for this approach are given," said Vice Chancellor Rodriguez about a possible rapprochement with Chile.
Bolivia and Chile are currently facing a dispute in the International Court of Justice in The Hague on the use of the Silala high plateau system, which La Paz considers a spring whose course was artificially diverted to Chilean territory and which Santiago qualifies as an international river.