Published On: Sat, Dec 20th, 2014

Bolivian President Evo Morales declares that organized crime is above the State in Mexico

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The Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to Bolivia’s chancellery on Thursday December 18th, expressing their surprise and concern due to the statements recently made by President Evo Morales.

Morales talked about Mexico’s and Colombia’s failed attempts to fight drug trafficking and contrasted them to Bolivia’s efforts to eradicate coca cultivation and seize cocaine and marijuana shipments.

“The market for cocaine is generally in industrialized and developing countries,” Morales said. “But … look at what is happening in Colombia, and especially how it is in Mexico.”

He went on to talk about the tragedy of Ayotzinapa, in which 43 students from a teachers college were forced to disappear. One of them has been found dead but the other 42 are still missing.

Morales spoke at an event commemorating the National Police Academy in La Paz.

He also said that the Iguala case is clear evidence that Mexico’s anti-drug trafficking strategy has failed.

“Just imagine what Mexico is going through (due to the Ayotzinapa case). I say that Mexico is a failed model, the failed model of free market,” said Morales.

Morales said the policies to eradicate coca crops and a militarized strategy of fighting organized crime groups were provoking violence and instability.

“We do not want to have this kind of problem of organized crime in Bolivia. It seems that crime groups are above the state. In some regions, not even with the presence of military bases can one fight drug trafficking,” he said.

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In response, the Foreign Relations Secretariat issued a press release saying that Mexico is in favor of respectful dialogues and interaction among countries and recognizes the diversity that exists in Latin America and the Caribbean. The reply was sent to Bolivia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday morning.

SRE said that Morales’ statements incites false perceptions of regional division at a time when Latin American and Caribbean countries, especially Mexico, are determined to build a space of unity and dialogue through the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac).

Morales has been a critic of the United States for not supporting Bolivia’s fight against drug trafficking and forgetting the concept of corresponsibility among countries that produce and consume cocaine.

He also said that in 2013 Bolivia destroyed 11,404 hectares of coca crops and 11,043 hectares in 2012.

According to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the world’s largest cocaine producer is Peru, with 60,400 hectares of coca crops, followed by Colombia, with 48,000 hectares, and Bolivia with 25,300.



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