Bolivia says US policies prevent ties

AP News
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 3:38 PM

U.S. attempts to impose its policies on Bolivia have prevented the Andean nation from reestablishing ties with America, President Evo Morales said Wednesday.

The Bolivian leader told reporters Wednesday he still worries that "political operatives" in the U.S. will plant something on his presidential plane in an attempt to link him to drug trafficking during his current visit to the U.N.

Morales, at U.N. headquarters for a meeting on water and human rights, didn't explain the source for the concerns first voiced over the weekend in Bolivia.

State Department spokesman William Ostick said Wednesday he would not comment on Morales' "baseless charge."

Morales in the past has accused the U.S. government of attempting to impose its policies on Bolivian affairs and of trying to disparage him.

Bolivia-U.S. ties soured in 2008, when the countries expelled each other's ambassador. Morales also expelled U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials.

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