Bolivian Senator Demands USAID End

September 23, 2009

La Paz, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The senator of the Governmental Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Ricardo Diaz demanded closure in Bolivia of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) accused of interference in the internal affairs.

  The Cambio newspaper noted that Diaz affirmed that on behalf of the alleged justice the Agency is making politics in favor of the opposition in the South American nation and against the government.

In that sense it emphasized USAID questioning of the current Political Constitution of the State in force since last February.

The parliamentarian also considered there is not an important contribution for the country further away from the private enrichment of foreign advisers. This week the Executive announced cease of activities of the projects of the Justice Integration Centers (CIJ) and strengthening of Democratic Institutions (FIDEM) that operates with at least 14 million dollars.

So far USAID has given economic cooperation and technical assistance to the Bolivian justice, the Justice Ministry, Attorney General, Supreme Court of Justice, Constitutional Court, Judiciary Council and the National Agrarian Court.

Bolivia and United States are working for returning both nations relations to normal which have been tense since 2008 with the expulsion of Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the Antidrug Agency (DEA) accused here of conspiracy against the Executive.

The links with the northern country have been deteriorated since last November when Washington decided to cancel rules of import duties preferences for manufacture and Bolivian textile.

President Evo Morales decried his peer Barack Obama last week for presenting a report questioning the results of antidrug fight in Bolivia.

Morales revealed that USAID backs electoral campaign of his rivals Cochabamba ex civil governor Manfred Reyes Villa and his Vice Precedence Candidate Pando ex civil governor Leopoldo Fernandez who is in prison for being held responsible of a farmers’ massacre in September 2008.

Source: Prensa Latina

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