US cuts off trade benefits to Bolivia

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. is suspending a trade deal with Bolivia.

Rice says the suspension is unfortunate. But she says Bolivian President Evo Morales has failed to improve Bolivia's anti-drug efforts.

She made the comments Thursday during a visit to the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta.

The announcement came as Bolivian envoys arrived at the U.S. Trade Representative's office in Washington to lobby for their country's continued participation in a regional trade pact. It rewards Andean nations for cooperating with U.S. anti-narcotics efforts.

Bolivia's government has said the suspension will cost 20,000 Bolivian jobs and $150 million a year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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