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Bolivia looks for support of Brazil, Russia and United Kingdom against drugs

The Bolivian government is negotiating, with Brazil, Russia and United Kingdom, financial and logistic support to face the drug traffick.

According to the Deputy Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances, Felipe Cáceres, the country looks for support and cooperation since its sovereignty isn´t threatened.

Russia was sought to provide economical and logistic resources.

With Brazil, will be enlarged the agreement of cooperation of struggle against the organized crime and related offenses, like the drug traffick.

According to Bolivian authorities, Brazil would be willing to invest US$ 2 millions in the strengthening of the Plan Bra-Bo (Brazil-Bolivia).

Furthermore, Brazil could support the Joint Task Force with helicopters for the eradication of coca crops in the national parks, protected by law since they are also forest reserves.

Equally, the combined operations carried out by the Federal Police and the Special Force of Struggle Against the Drug Traffick will be stepped up in the frontier: in San Matías and San Ignacio de Velasco, in Bolivia; and in Acre, Mato Grosso and Rondônia, in Brazil.

Next week, the Bolivians meet with Russian and British authorities to talk about the provision of resources and the donation of equipments.

Bolivia also carries out combined operations against the drug traffick with Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

The United States

President Evo Morales affirmed that he won´t allow the return of the DEA (North American anti-drug agency) to Bolivia, and he minimized the decision of the United States of decertifying the country regarding the policy of combat to the drug traffick.

On Wednesday, September 15, President Barack Obama affirmed, in speech to the National Congress, that Bolivia fails by not fulfilling its international obligations regarding the drugs.

The country was decertified for the third consecutive time.

The director of the Division Anti-narcotics of the Embassy of the United States in La Paz, Susan Keogh, acknowledged that less than 1 percent of the drug apprehended in the country is originating of Bolivia.

For Morales, the United States must close its frontiers to the cocaine. An inform of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, of the North American government, shows that the drugs consumption in the country grew 8.7 percent in the last year, the highest level in one decade.

Latin America

According to the White House, of a total of 23 countries identified as producers of drugs, 13 are Latin-American.

Bolivia and Venezuela are among those that don´t fulfill its international obligations to fight the drug traffick.

Were identified as producers: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

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