Bolivian prez blasts US anti-drug blacklisting
LA PAZ, Bolivia – Bolivian President Evo Morales says the United States has “no moral authority to talk about drugs.”
Morales sees pure politics in the U.S. decision to place Bolivia on an anti-narcotics blacklist, the latest turn in a diplomatic feud.
Morales pointed out Wednesday that the U.S. is one of the world’s largest markets for cocaine and that its close ally Colombia saw a much greater increase in coca production than Bolivia last year.
The U.S. decertification of Bolivia is part of an annual review but comes just days after Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador, accusing him of backing Bolivia’s conservative opposition.
U.S. anti-drug aid to Bolivia will continue despite the blacklisting. The annual money added up to US$55 million last year.