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Indignation in Chile at gvmnt's refusal to sign the Escazú Agreement

Santiago de Chile, Sep 23.- Today opposition sectors and environmentalists describe the governmental refusal to sign the Escazú Agreement as a deception by the Chilean government, alleging problems in the drafting of the text.

The day before, the government of Chile reported that it will not sign the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Escazú Agreement, whose term to enter into force expires the next day 26.

After knowing the decision, Matías Asun, director of Greenpeace Chile, pointed out that “the government of President Piñera has deceived the country into believing that environmental issues are at the center of its agenda. It is not like that and today it has been ratified”.

Former presidential candidate Marco Enríquez- Ominami, from the Progressive Party, considered that the only reasons for not signing the agreement are ideological blindness and the government's conflicts of interest, and spoke for a reactivation of the economy that promotes growth with social inclusion and sustainability.

For her part, Gael Yeomans, a member of the Frente Amplio, wrote on Twitter that "the government cannot make pompous speeches on environmental protection and at the same time invent petty pretexts for not ratifying the Escazú Agreement."

Likewise, opposition forces issued a statement in which they asked the government to sign the agreement before the deadline for its implementation, and warned that it is 'the last opportunity' for the executive to demonstrate its commitment to defending the rights to participation. of citizenship in the environmental agenda.

To argue its rejection, the Government indicated that the Agreement introduces undefined principles that will condition existing environmental legislation in the country, and could imply uncertain changes in that legislation that would generate "legal uncertainty."

It also considers that the agreement introduces “ambiguous, broad and indefinite obligations for the State, which make compliance difficult”, and exposes Chile to international controversies due to the direct application of its rules and their ambiguous nature.

Analysts also pointed out the nonsense of announcing that decision precisely on the same day that before the UN General Assembly, President Sebastián Piñera called for the fight against climate change and presented Chile as one of the countries in the region that has taken the most measures. taken to face the deterioration of the environment. (Text and photo: PL)