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 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 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 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 6.

    Please my fellow US bloggers, do you really believe there has been no tinkering with politics in this region for the last 80+ years... Alas I'm quite sure you got some good ole' intelligence support from your special best friend!

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    Comment number 4.

    I believe every word of Bolivia's accusation; it fits US' style of "diplomacy". Morales whould take this to US, but also United Nations. Evo Morales vowed to improve lives of indigenous majority in Bolivia, reduce social inequality. This type of leadership is anathema to US.
    (Venezuela's Hugo Chavez & Equador's Rafael Correa - can all 3 be wrong?)


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