Minister Vallejo responds to the CAM: “We are not looking for a confrontation”

The Minister Secretary General of Government, Camila Vallejo, referred to the statements of the leader of the Arauco Malleco Coordinator (CAM), Héctor Llaitul, who called for “organizing the armed resistance” of the Mapuche people before the project of the Executive that seeks to protect the roads of the southern zone of the country.
“We want to be very emphatic in pointing out what is the objective of the measures we are adopting in relation to La Araucanía, the Wallmapu territory and how we want to face the issues related to security and free movement on the routes,” he said.
“That is important so as not to be confused, because the government, through its actions, is never looking for any kind of confrontation. On the contrary, we have been very emphatic in pointing out that our path is dialogue, and in that we have been working to address the underlying problems,” he added.
In that sense, the Secretary of State recalled that “yesterday we held a session of the Council of Conadi, where we are working on a land restitution policy so that the resources for the purchase of land for indigenous peoples are executed and we are working with other ministries so that the State can reach the communities.”
For Vallejo, there are shortages in schools, rural drinking water, housing and road improvements, “because we have a debt as a State with respect to these communities. But we cannot do it if the routes are interrupted, restricted by issues associated with criminal acts, as well as by truckers’ strikes.”
“That is why this measure that we are exploring of a law of protection and protection of routes, which is in the process of dialogue with parliamentarians. That is the origin and the need to advance in a policy of road protection, to be able to guarantee free movement and to make those demands can be met by the State,” he said.
“It is not in any case a measure of confrontation and whoever wants to take it like this is very wrong,” along with emphasizing that the position of the CAM is “absolutely condemnable, it is not part of our policy and we are going to insist on generating spaces for dialogue, but also when we have to make use of what the rule of law and the law give us.”

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