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08BRUSSELS1727
2008-11-13 06:04:00
CONFIDENTIAL
USEU Brussels
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EUROPEAN COMMISSION SHARES U.S. CONCERNS OVER

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 BRUSSELS 001727 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR INL/FO, WHA/FO, INL/PC, INL/LP, INL/AAE, WHA/AND,
EUR/ERA, L/LEI;
VIENNA FOR UNVIE;
LA PAZ FOR DCM, NAS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2018
TAGS: KCRM PGOV PREL SNAR KDEM EUN BL
SUBJECT: EUROPEAN COMMISSION SHARES U.S. CONCERNS OVER
THREATENED EXPULSION OF DEA FROM BOLIVIA

REF: A. STATE 118934 (NOTAL)

B. LA PAZ 2355 (NOTAL)

Classified By: INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
AFFAIRS (INL) COUNSELOR JAMES P. MCANULTY FOR REASONS
1.4 (B) AND (D)

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SUMMARY
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 BRUSSELS 001727

SIPDIS

STATE FOR INL/FO, WHA/FO, INL/PC, INL/LP, INL/AAE, WHA/AND,
EUR/ERA, L/LEI;
VIENNA FOR UNVIE;
LA PAZ FOR DCM, NAS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2018
TAGS: KCRM PGOV PREL SNAR KDEM EUN BL
SUBJECT: EUROPEAN COMMISSION SHARES U.S. CONCERNS OVER
THREATENED EXPULSION OF DEA FROM BOLIVIA

REF: A. STATE 118934 (NOTAL)

B. LA PAZ 2355 (NOTAL)

Classified By: INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
AFFAIRS (INL) COUNSELOR JAMES P. MCANULTY FOR REASONS
1.4 (B) AND (D)

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SUMMARY
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1. (C) European Commission officials agreed with U.S.
concerns over the threatened expulsion of Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) personnel from Bolivia. They expressed
hope that the decision was still open to change, given the
void that such a situation would present in law enforcement
efforts against drug trafficking organizations in Bolivia.
END SUMMARY.

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DEMARCHE DELIVERED
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2. (C) Mission INL Counselor and DEA Assistant Regional
Director met with European Commission officials November 12
to deliver the demarche requested in Ref A. Interlocutors
from the Commission's External Relations Directorate included
Andean Community Head of Unit Rafael Gelabert, Coordination
and Analysis Head of Unit Andrew Standley, Desk Officer for
Bolivia Nicola Murray of the Andean Community Unit, and
Coordinator for International Cooperation on Drug Issues Ann
Vanhout. Per instructions in Ref A, INL Counselor
communicated the talking points verbally but did not leave
any written copy. Commission interlocutors followed the
points closely, with Desk Officer Murray taking copious
notes, particularly on the projected impact on production
levels. Gelabert noted that he had heard, in the wake of
President Evo Morales' declaration on the expulsion of DEA
personnel, that other Bolivian Government (GOB) officials had
indicated that the threatened expulsion could be averted if
"technicalities" (i.e., agreement on written ground rules for
DEA activities) could be worked out within 90 days. He asked

what the purpose of the expulsion would be, whether the
decision was "irreversible," and whether the U.S. Government
maintained contacts with the GOB on counter-drug issues.


3. (C) INL Counselor noted that he had heard about the
reported request for a written agreement. He noted that, to
his knowledge, most Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS)
activities continued in Bolivia, at least for the time being.
He expressed concern, however, that expulsion of DEA
personnel would harm overall counter-drug efforts in Bolivia.
DEA ARD noted that DEA activities in Santa Cruz and the
Chapare region had ceased. He explained DEA's role in
sharing drug-related intelligence with GOB counterparts, both
regarding drug organizations operating in Bolivia and
specific criminal cases under investigation. INL Counselor
expressed hope that Commission colleagues could speak with
GOB counterparts to convince them to reverse this
counter-productive decision, reiterating that drug production

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in Bolivia ultimately harmed Bolivian society and could
produce higher flows of cocaine into Europe.

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KEEN COMMISSION INTEREST IN CONTINUITY OF U.S. PROGRAMS
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4. (C) Standley, who had served recently as the Commission
Delegation Chief in La Paz, inquired about reactions from
Brazil and other countries. He expressed concern that
greater production in Bolivia could produce harmful
consequences in neighboring Brazil (presumably as both a
consumer and transit country to Europe). Gelabert inquired
whether the U.S. would suspend other anti-drug assistance to
Bolivia as a result. INL Counselor noted that NAS
operations continued in Bolivia, but the absence of DEA would
undercut overall efforts. He explained that the U.S.
decision to certify Bolivia as "failing demonstrably" in
fighting drugs also provided for a waiver to permit anti-drug
assistance to continue. Gelabert inquired about the impact
on trade preferences. INL Counselor promised to obtain a
definitive response, noting his understanding that the waiver
covered direct anti-drug assistance but not necessarily other
assistance or trade preferences less directly related to
drug-fighting efforts. Gelabert also inquired about the
specific types of programs NAS was implementing in Bolivia.


5. (C) INL Counselor promised to obtain more specifics, but
noted that the program in Bolivia, as in other Andean
countries, had focused considerable resources on eradication
of illicit coca leaf to prevent their transformation into
cocaine and other illegal drug products. He noted that, in
recent years, the GOB had demonstrated some successes in
interdicting cocaine, but some of these achievements may have
resulted from greater production and availability rather than
solely from greater efficiency in interdicting drugs.
Standley noted his understanding that the GOB had
marginalized some of its coca "idealogues," but still faced
tremendous pressures from the "cocaleros" and others pressing
for greater licit production and uses. Vanhout noted
"strong" views expressed by GOB representatives (presumably
in favor of removing coca leaf from the UN Convention's
listing of illicit substances) at recent UN General Assembly
Special Session (UNGASS) meetings on drug issues. INL
Counselor promised to provide a "heads up" on these queries
to INL Assistant Secretary David Johnson and the rest of the
U.S. Delegation who will participate in the November 14
U.S.-EU Troika meeting on Drug Issues in Brussels. Standley
and Murray indicated that they will attend portions of the
meeting dealing with Andean issues, while Vanhout would
attend the full meeting.

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COMMISSION WILL TRY TO HELP
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6. (C) In closing, Gelabert said the Commission shared U.S.
concerns over the decision to expel DEA personnel from
Bolivia. He indicated that the Commission "will try to help,
if we can." After the meeting, Bolivia Desk Officer

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reinforced the concerns expressed by Gelabert. She openly
wondered whether any other entity or country could fill the
void that would be created by DEA's expulsion from the
country, if the decision is not reversed.

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COMMENT
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7. (C) Mission hopes that the European Commission will
attempt to use their "good offices" to convince GOB
counterparts to reverse this counter-productive and mistaken
decision to expel DEA personnel from Bolivia. The upcoming
U.S.-EU Troika Meeting on Drug Issues will present another
opportunity to continue the dialogue on the drug situation
and future counter-drug activities in Bolivia. END COMMENT.

SILVERBERG
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