Friday , January 15 2021

Ampuero, Tin Chancellor

The government's decision not to sign the UN's migration agreement created a new conflict within La Moneda. Management's inability to explain its position has prompted ministers and President Piñera to explain one after another. But the worst part has been taken by the head of the Foreign Relations portfolio, because with the obvious deviations he has had with Palacio, the collapse of positions with the ministry of domestic affairs and his zero political weight for imposing his criteria remained public as proof of that the authority responsible for foreign policy simply has no interference in the decision-making process on the issues of its competence.

It has been a difficult week for Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero. The news, in the mouth of the Deputy Minister, Rodrigo Ubilla, that Chile would not sign the United Nations Migration Agreement, again left as proof of "Minister's lack of weight", as they recognized at the Foreign Affairs Ministry these days. The errors and discrepancies within the Pinerista administration are already known history and, with this theme, attempted for three days to explain why it broke the night with decades of foreign policy based on multilateralism to focus decisions of international policy under short-term criteria exclusively directed at national policy.

After a hectic Monday of declarations and corrections from La Moneda on behalf of Chancellor and President Sebastián Piñera himself, in the Government's view of migrants' rights, Ampuero arrived in Valparaiso on Tuesday to report to the Commission. Foreign Relations in the Chamber of Deputies, where something nervously tried to answer the questions of the opposition parliamentarians. From their own chancellor, they regretted the panorama of the appointment because they assured that the chancellor had to read with a decision made exclusively by the presidency, and it was "maneuvered from the Interior Ministry".

"One is right to leave his country, but not to enter any country," he repeatedly emphasized the minister until the Commission's President, Pablo Vidal (RD), said it directly: "Chances, the question is, if you think migration is a human right. " Some crests and almost reluctantly answered Ampuero: "I think it's a human rights to migrate", a phrase that became almost unnoticed Tuesday, since in parallel, the interpellation was developed for the Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick to Death Mapuche Camilo Catrillanca, but for those who did it , he made it clear that the decision to withdraw from the pact did not unanimously participate in the current administration.

With these words, the Chancellor publicly contradicted the official position of La Moneda, which in the Ubilla regime was insured Mercury on Sunday – to argue for the decision to get out of the pact – that "migration is not a human right". The corridor negotiations yesterday with the press did not give the expected results to try to lower the profile of the obvious disaster that had been re-installed in the palace with this theme.

The new round of statements from the authorities has also not contributed. After completing an activity around the APEC, which will organize our country and concentrate all the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Piñera left unexpectedly to explain the government's attitude towards migration yesterday, but above all to insist where there was no collapse of visions within his administration at this point. Immediately confronted the Ampuero press, trying to answer most questions, but avoided clarifying whether there was a conflict with Deputy Secretary General Ubilla. Shortly after, spokesman Cecilia Pérez returned to touch the question and stressed that there is no political opposition between the Interior Ministry and the Chancellor.

So much the statement and explanation are next to the collapse of views that in La Moneda was not satisfied with the appointment of Chancellors on Monday morning who gave a press point to explain exactly Chile's withdrawal from the migration pact. It was intended to close the point or at least channel the debate, but as the Ampuero words were not considered satisfactory in the palace, it forced that Piñera that same afternoon to repeat almost the same speech as his Foreign Minister had expressed hours earlier.

Within the officials they pointed out that the only clarity in this disorder is that Foreign Minister Ampuero has failed to get out of drowsiness and lack of authority that characterized its administration, criticized from the role he had before Bolivia's lawsuit against Chile in The Hague. In addition, many stressed that the minister is "a mailbox" of the presidency and has not been able to fulfill the role of "orejero" in international affairs, historically destined to act as chancellors, on the contrary, they acknowledge that it has been constantly overlooked by The young advisor on the second floor of La Moneda, Benjamin Salas Kantor, which has much more weight than Ampuero, and is a close partner of Cristián Larroulet, the head of the second floor of Palacio.

The management of foreign policy was settled in Larroul's offices, something was discussed for months in government and among experts in international cases, but the final step with the migration pact was public evidence. "He left chancellors without a wrist," they commented in the current administration.

In oricialismo, they explained that Ampuero's irregular action responds to the profile Piñera himself would install for handling his foreign relations in his mandate, a person who, although he does not have the necessary experience for the post, has the requirement of "I convert" to his left-hand time, which turns him into the most appropriate to deploy anti-communist discourse and permanently mark the public places on Venezuela and Cuba, two situations that continue to divide the current resistance.

In La Moneda they have tried to protect the chancellors. Along with emphasizing that most international bodies are "caught" by the center-left, they confirmed that in the public's eyes, Ampuero is still strong that it has no loss, a vision supported – added by – the support as La Moneda receives on the topic of immigrants. And to cover their lack of power, they repeat in the building of the Foreign Relations portfolio again and again that outside Chile they all respond to the minister.

Concern in Chancery

Within the ruling party acknowledges that the swing in international politics is "extreme, even if necessary in the context". And that is because more people were affected by the moment when La Moneda decided to publish the decision not to sign the Pact, only two days after the interpellation of Chadwick, who has lived through his worst political moment with Catrillana's crime.

The underlying reason for the decision would be the need to reverse the decline in the studies led by the Government under the Catrillanca case, and the chosen time was intended to distract public attention to a question of influence in polls and opinions. public: immigrants in connection with internal security.

The internal decision in La Moneda is that from now on and before signing any covenant or treaty will be analyzed first how it affects the country's internal. More than the eligibility criteria for foreign policy or multilateralism, domestic policy will always be a priority and, in support of this criterion, the management stressed that the interest is more in the case of type G20, the exclusive group of 20 most powerful economies on the planet and in which final invitation Chile was invited of the host country, Argentina, ruled by Mauricio Macri, with whom Piñera has a close and fluid relationship.

Although Ampuero has won "with the sympathy of the ministry's trust," the weakness of its networks means that it can not cover the internal uncertainty of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of the real role that this portfolio will have over the next three years, which remains pine in the government .

Although it is known that the last word in international cases clearly corresponds to the President of the Republic, they recognized that the officials involved in the subject concerned had never heard a La Moneda decision in the press. At the heart of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they assured that Minister Ampuero "never had room or even allowed to comment", a weakness that worries what could reduce Chile's standard in the international concert.

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