Bolivia Denounces in SELA US Hegemony

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Caracas, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia has denounced before the Latin American Economic System (SELA) the policy of imposition, exclusion, conditioning and politization the United States applies in bilateral relations.

  The charge by La Paz was made in Venezuela during the Regional Seminar on Commercial Relations between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean during the first year of the Barack Obama government, during a forum in the headquarters of the Permanent Secretariat of SELA.

Bolivia particularly referred to the suspension by Washington of preferencial tariffs that were set down in the conclusions of the meeting and which counted on the participation of 27 member nations of the institution founded in 1975.

It is a political measure that harms our textiles and other products of easy access in the US market and that is incomprehensible in a government allegedly prepared to improve its regional ties, Javier Sucoyayo, Bolivian counselor in Caracas told Prensa Latina.

Sucoyayo said that this measure is on a par with the administration of George W. Bush.

Excluding Bolivia from the preferential tariff system for political reasons demonstrates that Obama and Bush move in the same direction, he pointed out in the seminar held in Torre Europa in Caracas.

Washington denied Bolivia the benefit of tax preferences accusing the nation of not doing enough in the fight against drugs while granting them to Colombia and Peru which have less results than La Paz in the fight against drug trafficking.

According to Sucoyayo, his country has been able to overcome the effects of the suspension through its participation in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

Through ALBA Venezuela purchases from us 150 million dollars worth of textiles, he commented to Prensa Latina.

Source: Prensa Latina

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