[R-G] Bolivian president denounces US military "blackmail"
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Tue Mar 7 17:15:19 MST 2006
Xinhua News Agency March 7, 2006
Bolivian president denounces US military "blackmail"
LIMA - Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday blasted the United
States' decision to remove Bolivia from its list of anti-terrorism
partners as "blackmail" and "intimidation".
The U.S. military told Bolivian army chiefs last week that the country
was no longer seen as a "suitable partner" in the war on terrorism,
reports from Bolivia quoted Morales as saying.
"Because we don't accept U.S. vetoes and will not remove a senior
Bolivian officer, we are sent blackmail letters by... U.S. army
officers," Morales said.
There were no guarantees that the anti-terror fight would continue in
Bolivia, he added.
The U.S. decision to stop recognizing Bolivia as an anti-terror partner
means Washington could withdraw troops and equipment for the countries'
joint anti-terrorism forces, as well as deny grants and training courses
offered to Bolivian troops.
A group of Bolivian officers currently being trained in the United
States will have to return home immediately due to the U.S.move.
The U.S. decision means the suspension of a total of more than 300
million U.S. dollars each year from Washington, which Morales said "are
"That money is intended to control Bolivia and to supply the United
States with intelligence officers," he said.
Without the U.S. funding, Bolivia is a country with more dignity because
no Bolivian officers are going to be hired or fired by U.S. military
officials, he said.
The United States has already cut 96 percent of its military aid to
Bolivia, because the South American country refused to signa document
granting U.S. army officers immunity from prosecution at the
International Criminal Court.
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