Bolivia accuses United States of plotting against Morales

 
Evo Morales in Venezuela, 16 Dec 2012 Evo Morales, a former coca producer, is Bolivia's first president of indigenous origin

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Bolivia has "irrefutable evidence" that the US has been working to destabilise the government of President Evo Morales, a senior minister has said.

Minister of the Presidency Juan Ramon Quintana said proof of improper activities involving the US embassy would be given to President Obama.

Mr Morales expelled the US ambassador in 2008 after accusing him of plotting against his government.

A charge d'affaires heads the embassy in La Paz.

'Political ambush'

Mr Morales has had an uneasy relationship with the US, ever since he came to power in January 2006, because of tensions over drug enforcement and the nationalisation of many foreign companies.

In 2008, Mr Morales accused the US of fomenting anti-government protests in a dispute that led to the expulsion of ambassador Philip Goldberg. US officials denied any wrongdoing.

The two countries agreed in 2011 to restore full diplomatic ties but have not yet exchanged ambassadors.

The Bolivian government's latest accusations also single out the US embassy. It had been involved in "a permanent war" against the president's policies since 2006, said Mr Quintana.

"We have been compiling all the evidence to present it to President Obama," the minister told reporters.

"We want to tell him: cease all hostilities against the Bolivian government, stop the political ambush of our government."

Mr Quintana said the US had failed to acknowledge advances in social justice, democracy and the fight against drug trafficking and corruption under Mr Morales.

On Friday, Mr Morales himself accused the US authorities of using the controversial arrest of an American businessman in Bolivia to tarnish the image of his government.

The businessman, Jacob Ostreicher, was kept in jail for 18 months, accused of money laundering and drug trafficking.

He was placed under house arrest last month, after accusing government officials of demanding money to have him released. Several officials were arrested.

Evo Morales is Bolivia's first indigenous president. A leader of the coca-growers union and an Aymara Indian, he came to office, vowing to improve the lives of the indigenous majority in Bolivia and reduce social inequality.

He is also a close ally of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, who have both been critical of US policies in the region.

 

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    Comment number 39.

    Under 'Manifest Destiny' and 'The Monroe Doctrine' the USA has been interfering in Latin America since the late 1890's. Paying a fair price for produce grown there is not something the US likes, and governments such as Allende's Chile are violently deposed with US help and the persecution and exploitation continues. Anyone who thinks the USA is a good friend to the region should seek medical help.

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    Comment number 38.

    That is Evo for you, if it is not the USA, it's Spain or Bolivia's neighbours fault. Always blaming someone else for their shortcomings and galloping corruption. This is the tragedy of Bolivia, is spite of being rich in natural resources, they will always live in abject poverty. Nothing has changed since independence back in 1825 !!.

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    Comment number 37.

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    The full theoretical underpinning of the norm of non-intervention is best discussed through analyzing the principles of sovereignty and the right of political communities to self-determination. Furthermore, basic respect for others and other nation-states should teach you this but if you do need reading...UN Charter Article 2(1) , 2(3), 2(4), 2(7).

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    Comment number 36.

    Once again it's like a revisit to the Allende government of Chile and clandestine US involvement in his murder only this time the US has both Chavez and Morales in its crosshairs for elimination by whatever means. Nothing has changed in 50 years in the US attitude towards countries south of its boarder it's still US imperialist hegemony to do and undo as it wishes in Latin American nations.

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    Comment number 35.

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    The last thing the world needs today is more U.S. intervention and such intervention is against international law as well as the UN Charter
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    Can you name any of these international laws? Generally there's n such thing.

    Of course the US involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya was UNDER UN mandates (which I can list) so your claims about the UN charter are clearly incorrect

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    Comment number 34.

    Bolivia should put together a case, if it has one, and take it to the UN for the U.S.A. does not recognize the International Court (although it uses it of course). Make all allegations public.
    The last thing the world needs today is more U.S. intervention and such intervention is against international law as well as the UN Charter.

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    Comment number 32.

    Te US are into everybody else why can't the rest of the world see this and place an embargo on them now that would be something.

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    Comment number 29.

    President Morales should refrain from upsetting Bolivia major donors.
    Last week it was Spain - now it is USA.
    When 50% of your government needs are provided by western donors, it may backfire!
    ( Most foreign NGO´s are just handling agent for their governments funding.)

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    Comment number 26.

    #25 Most of the oil contracts were actually won by Chinese & Russian companies. The US could have bought every last drop of oil in Iraq for less than that war cost.

    Incidentally the US is on track to be reliant only on oil from the Americas (Gulf of Mexico and Canadian shale oil largely) in under 20 years

    #23 You think the bay of pigs was an attempt to overthrow a democratic regime? hahaha.

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    Comment number 24.

    Not that the US doesn't have "form" for this sort of stuff.

    But they expelled the ambasador 4 years ago and have only now managed to compile enough evidence to go public? What's taken them so long? I mean they could have cut and pasted from a few dozen internet forumns and probably got at least a few correct facts years back!

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    Comment number 23.

    US interventions in region including overthrowing democratically elected governments and training ‘security forces’ in methods of torture etc When considering the validity of the accusation please do not recall: Guatemala 1954 Bay of Pigs 1961 Ecuador 1963 Bolivia 1968 Uruguay 1969 Chile 1973 El Salvador 1980 Iran/Contra 1981 Honduras 1983 Panama 1989 And definitely cast Cuba from your mind.

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    Comment number 22.

    Another South American country blaming the USA for everything. It does get to be a little tedious. The reality is the US is a good friend to have...Would Chavez be so ill if he'd been seen by American doctors?? Too much ( anti USA ) politics and too little common sense amongst these leaders.

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    Comment number 21.

    Every time Evo has problems, Quintana declares a U.S. conspiracy but never presents the evidence in public. Morales put an innocent man in jail for 18 months as part of a corruption ring to seize his assets. Saying that the U.S. is trying to use the case to make Morales look bad is like someone who put chicken manure in his hair blaming those who point out the smell.

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