Bolivia to bar U.S. aid if it undermines gov't agenda

Bolivian Minister of the Presidency Juan Quintana said that his country would close the door on U.S. aid if it does not conform to the government's agenda, according to news reaching here.

Bolivia to bar U.S. aid if it undermines gov't agenda

Bolivian Minister of the Presidency Juan Quintana said that his country would close the door on U.S. aid if it does not conform to the government's agenda, according to news reaching here.

Speaking at a press conference in the Quemado Palace, seat of the Bolivian government, Quintana said the Bolivian people have called for "profound change."

"But these changes are being harassed and interfered with by the effects of the U.S. assistance," he said.

He said that Bolivia receives 130 million U.S. dollars in annual aid from the United States, and that only 30 percent of the aid comes to the government, the remaining seventy percent goes to non-governmental organizations.

"The government will not continue to permit any interference," Quintana said, adding Bolivia would not accept "aid that is not transparent, that is discretional and that follows an ideological line opposing the will of the Bolivian people."

"We are not going to allow one more day of such aid, which tarnishes our democracy and conspires against the freedoms of our people," Quintana said.

Quintana also said that Bolivia does not seek to break its relationship with the United States, but wants the United States to follow Bolivian rules and guidelines.

Agencies

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