Ivan Paredes reports for El Deber:
COLD BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
U.S. hardens position with Bolivia and withdraws cooperation
The decision is given a day when Evo suggested to spy on Obama. In La Paz, masistas ranks say that determination will not affect the country and that without the help of U.S. moves better.
Evo Morales was limited to shake hands with the Chargé d’affaires [DCM] of the Embassy of United States in La Paz, Larry Memmott, at the time of greeting at the protocol meeting of the diplomatic corps and avoided dialogue with the representative of Washington. The gesture demonstrates the cold relationship with the administration of Barack Obama, who decided to withdraw economic cooperation to Bolivia under the excuse of the expulsion of the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) Agency, accused of alleged political interference.
The US official, minutes after, by the Palacio Quemado sidewalk, announced that his country had not planned to contribute economically to Bolivia in 2014.
Consulted about how much will be the amount of cooperation for this year, Memmott said: “our economic support is always delivered through USAID, and at the request of the Bolivian Government USAID no longer works in the country and economic support is not an issue between the two countries. We do not work on economic assistance in Bolivia at the request of the Bolivian Government”.
Evo and Memmott
After receiving the protocol greeting of the ambassadors, Morales return kindness one by one. He shook hands with every diplomatic, which was formed in ranks, and talked for a moment. When the turn of the USA came, gave only his hand and went along. The gesture did not please the American.
Memmott said that it is Bolivia’s decision to reactivate the agreement framework between the two Nations and await a meeting with Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca to try to settle the difficult relationship.
Morales was determined, in May 2013, the expulsion of USAID after accusing it of interference in peasant unions. The Agency operated 52 years in Bolivia and left without effects social projects, some were transferred to the Government.
The President of the Senate, Eugenio Rojas, of the MAS, said that the aid ‘was minimal’ and without the cooperation of the United States [Bolivia] is advancing best. He mentioned as an example the anti-drug fight.
For his part, Morales said yesterday that Bolivia “is better” without the help of the USA and asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “to release itself of the economic policy of the Empire”.
This decision comes after Morales asked to spy on Obama and accusing the US of encouraging coups.
Last year, United States, through USAID, had planned to execute $23 million dollars in Bolivia.
Assistance of $2 billion
According to a statement from the U.S. Embassy, in 50 years, USAID disbursed $2 billion dollars in cooperation projects in various areas.
Accusation of interference
The Bolivian Government rejected the help. Amanda Dávila Minister pointed out that 70% of U.S. cooperation was destined for political interference.
Areas of cooperation
USAID cooperating efforts were in areas of health, education, agriculture, food security, alternative development, economic development and environment.
Evo and USAID
Since Evo Morales came to power in 2006, USAID limited its cooperation to $40 million annually to implement development projects.
Coca growers benefited