President Evo Morales said Oct. 4 that he has rejected a request from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to fly over Bolivian territory. “Two days ago I received a letter…asking a government institution for permission to fly over national territory,” the Bolivian Information Agency quoted the president. “I want to say publicly to our authorities: They are not authorized to give permission so that the DEA can fly over Bolivian territory… No DEA or American [agency] can be overflying our national territory. Under the pretext of fighting drug trafficking, under the pretext of monitoring coca leaf crops they want to overfly, and we are going to make it clear that we monitor domestically. We don’t need anyone spying.” (BBC, AFP, Oct. 4)
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