The Bolivian government has applied for approval from the US State Department to purchase six L-159 light warplanes from the Czech Republic. Defense Minister Walker San Miguel told the daily La Prensa the planes, to be bought for $58 million, contain electronic parts made in the US, and their sale to a third party therefore requires US authorization. San Miguel said the planes would be used for drug enforcement. (AFP, March 11)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, a vocal critic of US drug policy, suspended the operations of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Bolivia late last year.
See our last post on Bolivia.