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Latino Daily News

Thursday April 21, 2011

Evo Morales Accepts U.S.  Financial Aid Offer to Combat Illegal Coca

Evo Morales Accepts U.S.  Financial Aid Offer to Combat Illegal Coca

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Bolivia has agreed to, in a joint effort with the US and Brazil, destroy every last bit of illegal coca plant.

“Under the Bolivian principle of respect to the sovereignty and the dignity, Bolivia will sign the agreement with those two countries, only to modernize and strengthen the process of illegal coca in our country”  Said the Vice-minister of Social Defense, Felipe Cáceres.

Cáceres emphasized to the press that the agreement with the united states is purely of financial and logistic aid, and it does not include the “support of American personnel in the eradication of coca, or to combat narco-traffic.

According to Cáceres, Washington will provide a quarter of a million dollars for the purchase of GPS equipment, aiming to modernize their gear.

Brasil will donate another hundred thousand dollars which will go into further educating Bolivian technicians.

Bolivia has—acording to UN numbers, 76,300 acres of coca, and only 29,000 are legal. Its production is exclusive for local chewing, tea-making and Andine religious ceremonies.