Bolivian president bars US anti-drug agency

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Bolivian president says he wants improved relations with President-elect Barack Obama but will never allow the U.S. anti-drug agency to return to his country, accusing it of "political aggression."

Evo Morales tells reporters at the United Nations on Monday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is not the solution to combating drug trafficking it Bolivia. Morales suspended the agency's operations on Nov. 1.

Morales says his government is setting up an intelligence operation to fight trafficking itself. He says Bolivia is also going to launch a campaign to remove the coca leaf from the U.N. list of prohibited drugs.

Morales frequently accuses the U.S. and its aid programs of conspiring against his government. The U.S. denies the charge.

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


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