Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Bolivia quits anti-drugs convention

Bolivian president Evo Morales informed the United Nations it is renouncing the world body's anti-drug convention (AP)

Bolivia has informed the United Nations it is renouncing the world body's anti-drug convention because it classifies the coca leaf as an illegal narcotic.

Bolivia's decision comes after a proposal by president Evo Morales to remove language that obliges countries that have signed the convention to ban coca-leaf chewing was rejected following US objections.

Bolivia contends the coca leaf in its natural form is not a narcotic and forms a part of Andean culture.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed that Bolivia's decision was presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York.

Bolivia plans to rejoin to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs later, but noting its objection to the penalisation of coca chewing.

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