Bolivia Defends its Sovereignty and Dignity

January 12, 2010

In a press release issued on December 29, the White House demanded that Bolivia increase cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking or continue to be excluded from a preferential trade agreement with the U.S. 

The Obama administration's accusation that Bolivia is not "cooperating" is based on the fact that Bolivia expelled the U.S. ambassador and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2008 for carrying out espionage and conspiracy.  

Bolivian president Evo Morales spoke out against the country's exclusion from the trade agreement and said that the U.S. government is unwilling to respect the fact that his small country stood firmly for its sovereignty and independence by expelling the U.S. ambassador and DEA from the country.

Morales further declared, "We want to express, with great dignity that faced with the closing of markets in the United States, we have already negotiated others...Let him (Obama) keep excluding us. That will not stop us from building a better State."