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Morales: Relations with US like a turd

2012-10-12 22:12

La Paz - Evo Morales has never tried to curry favour with Washington.

Now Bolivia's first indigenous president has marked the 520th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World with a characteristic jab at the United States.

Morales said Friday during a ceremony marking "Decolonization Day" that relations with the U.S. Embassy in La Paz have become awful.

He says they are so bad they are "like a turd".

He says previous Bolivian governments would seek Washington's blessing on key appointments, including interior minister and police and army chiefs.

No longer. That changed after the longtime coca growers' union leader took office in 2006.

Two years later, he kicked out US drug agents and Washington's ambassador, accusing them of inciting the opposition.

US counterdrug cooperation has since been radically reduced.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 23:15

    Are there any significant quantities of oil in Bolivia or Ecuador for that matter?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 06:45

      That is easy to check !! Just find out if in the last few years 50 000 Chinese arrived !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-13 09:02

      That explains then why their relations with the US have soured! The current leaders have independently chose their trading partners, a no no to Washington.

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2012-10-13 12:12

    Yes, I wonder what the coca growers will be trading with the rest of the world...?

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