Bolivia drops from UN pact … for the chewers!

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July 18, 2011
Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in News, PND News

"The Bolivian government's policy of 'Coca Yes, Cocaine No' is unfolding in surprising ways, as the Andean nation is withdrawing from a United Nations convention that bans chewing the coca leaf and simultaneously planning a new deal with the United States and Brazil to monitor coca cultivation. Bolivia has presented a denunciation to the UN that seals its resignation from the United Nations 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which bans chewing the coca leaf. The denunciation responds to 'the need to guarantee respect for the human rights of indigenous peoples, and all who chew coca as a traditional cultural practice,' said Bolivia’s foreign minister David Choquehuanca of the country’s unprecedented resignation from the convention." (07/18/11)  

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