We passed a law to provide free health care for cancer patients.
The above data are part of the achievements of our democratic and cultural revolution, which have given Bolivia political, economic and social stability.
Sisters and brothers:
How do we achieve these achievements in such a short time? How is it that Bolivia has taken the path to defeat poverty and underdevelopment?
Thanks to the conscience of the people, of the social movements, of indigenous, peasants, workers, professionals, of men and women of the countryside and of the cities.
We nationalized our natural resources and our strategic companies. We have taken control of our destiny.
We are building a Community and Productive Social Economic Model, which recognizes basic services (water, electricity, telecommunications) as a human right.
Today we can say with pride and optimism that Bolivia has a future.
Bolivia's Right of Access to the Pacific Ocean
Sisters and brothers, there is a pending issue in the region, the sea is indispensable for life, for the integration and development of peoples.
Therefore, Bolivia will not give up its right to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.
In 2015 and 2018, the International Court of Justice of the Hague, through its decisions, ruled on the following elements:
First: In paragraph 19, of the ruling of October 1, 2018, it established that "Bolivia had a coastline of more than 400 kilometers along the Pacific Ocean." [This Pacific coastland was lost to Chile in a late 19th century war].
Second: In paragraph 50, of the ruling of September 24, 2015, it established that "The issues in dispute are not matters resolved by arrangement of the parties, by arbitration, or by judgment of an international tribunal" or "governed by agreements or treaties in force".
Third: In paragraph 176, of the ruling of October 1, 2018, it established "However, the conclusion of the court should not be understood as an impediment to the parties [Chile and Bolivia] continuing their dialogue and exchanges, in a spirit of good neighborhood, to address the issues related to the situation of [land-locked] confinement of Bolivia, a solution that both parties have recognized as a matter of mutual interest. With the will of both parties, significant negotiations can take place."
Sisters and brothers, this judicial decision has not ended the controversy, on the contrary, it is explicit in recognizing that it continues and emphasizes that it does not close off the possibility of both states finding a solution.