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Cablegate: Slovenia: Dea Expulsion Can Only Harm Bolivia

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 131454Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY LJUBLJANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7030
INFO RUEHLP/AMEMBASSY LA PAZ 0009

UNCLAS LJUBLJANA 000509

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STATE FOR WHA/AND--ROCHA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL SNAR KDEM BL SI
SUBJECT: SLOVENIA: DEA EXPULSION CAN ONLY HARM BOLIVIA

REF: A. SECSTATE 118934
B. SECSTATE 99473

(SBU) On November 13, emboff met with Jana Strgar, Minister
Counsellor in the MFA's Latin American division, to deliver
demarche on Bolivia's suspension of DEA's operations (ref A).
Strgar questioned why Bolivia would waste 35 years of
cooperation, as the expulsion of DEA would only harm Bolivia.
She noted the recent decisions to PNG the US ambassadors to
Bolivia and Venezuela (reftel B), commenting that such
expressions of "solidarity" between Bolivia and Venezuela
were not productive and did not address the real challenges
in the region.
GHAFARI

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