Brazil to provide Bolivia “drug war” aid, drones

Brazil signed an agreement with Bolivia March 30 to fight cocaine production and trafficking, replacing assistance formerly provided by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which was ejected from the country by President Evo Morales in 2008 for alleged political interference. Brazil will help train and equip Bolivian security forces, and deploy drone aircraft to patrol the border. The Bolivia-Brazil Action Plan was signed by Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo on a visit to Bolivia, during which he visited Cochabamba department to witness security forces eradicating coca crops. (Los Tiempos, Cochabamba, March 31; BBC News, March 30)

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