October 5, 2008 |
President Evo Morales said Bolivia does not need U.S. help to control its coca crop, stepping up his anti-Washington rhetoric days after rejecting a U.S. request to fly an anti-drug plane over the South American nation's territory. Morales also compared U.S. counter-narcotics efforts in the country to espionage. U.S. Embassy spokesman Eric Watnik said the Drug Enforcement Administration makes periodic requests to fly a plane transporting U.S. and Bolivian anti-narcotics personnel around the country.
September 21, 2008 |
President Evo Morales named a military leader to replace the governor of a rebel province who was arrested last week, accused of organizing an ambush of government supporters that killed 15. Navy Rear Adm. Landelino Bandeiras was sworn in as interim governor of Pando; he said his mission would be to pacify the northern state, which has been the site of the worst recent violence in a dispute between Morales and opposition-controlled provinces over...
September 13, 2009 |
President Evo Morales has decided to buy a presidential plane from Russia after Moscow offered to set up an aircraft maintenance center in the South American nation. Defense Minister Walker San Miguel announced in early August that Bolivia had agreed to purchase an Antonov presidential plane with satellite phone, Internet links and a meeting room from Russia for $30 million. Morales postponed the purchase, but said his government has now decided to buy it because of the offer to set up a service center for Russian planes in Bolivia.
December 28, 2008 |
President Evo Morales acknowledged for the first time in his nearly three years in office that a portion of coca grown in the country is used to make cocaine. Morales, who remains the leader of Bolivia's coca-growing unions, also said that his government is aware that some farmers are violating a law that limits each family to planting a little less than half an acre of coca for medicine and food. "Not all of our coca goes to legal markets," Morales told union leaders during a speech broadcast on government radio Patria Nueva.
May 22, 2009 |
President Evo Morales called for an about-face in relations with Washington on Thursday, saying past diplomatic spats could be overcome if the new U.S. government refrained from meddling in Bolivia's affairs. Morales met with U.S. envoy Thomas Shannon, the assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, who said their talks were a "good start" toward improving ties. Morales had expelled the U.S.
September 14, 2008 |
President Evo Morales on Saturday accused an opposition governor of using foreign thugs against government supporters in violence that has claimed at least 18 lives and prompted him to declare martial law in one province. In a bid to defuse the bitter dispute over a new constitution and land reform that threatens to tear apart the poor Andean nation, Chile called for an emergency meeting Monday of South American leaders. "A larger tragedy has to be avoided," said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a strong ally of Bolivia's leftist president, confirming that he would attend the meeting.