Bolivia “failed demonstrably” in war against drugs, says Obama

In Presidential Memorandum–Major Illicit Drug Transit, Presidential Determination No. 2011-16, September 15, 2011.

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE; SUBJECT: Presidential Determination on Major Illicit Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2012. US President Barack Obama, says about Bolivia:

“Pursuant to section 706(2)(A) of the FRAA, I hereby designate Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela as countries that have failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to make substantial efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements and take the measures set forth in section 489(a)(1) of the FAA. Accompanying this report are justifications for the determinations on Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela, as required by section 706(2)(B).”

“I have also determined, in accordance with provisions of section 706(3)(A) of the FRAA, that support for programs to aid Bolivia and Venezuela are vital to the national interests of the United States.’

For the whole document, please see this link:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/presidential-memorandum-major-illicit-drug-transit

My personal reading on the last quoted paragraph above, means simply that regardless of former police general Sanabria being prosecuted in a Miami Federal Court; pending bilateral agreement; and continuous attacks to the US by current Bolivian government. Despite all of the above, the US Government will continue to help us in the fight against drugs, not only to help their own citizens but also to help our society from becoming more involved in narcotrafficking and violence. In my book, that is the type of help anyone in this world needs.

The following link is from El Dia, this is the fourth consecutive year that Bolivia fails to honor its international commitment.

http://eldia.com.bo/index.php?c=Portada&articulo=Gobierno-de-Evo–falla–en-lucha-antidrogas&cat=1&pla=3&id_articulo=73844

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