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Chewing Coca Leafs is forbidden : Serious clash of Bolivian President with the United Nations INCB

President of Bolivia Evo Morales defends what he believes is "the right" of bolivians to chew coca leafs, in spite of the United Nations recommendations.

President of Bolivia Evo Morales defends what he believes is "the right" of bolivians to chew coca leafs, in spite of the United Nations recommendations.

La Paz, March 18 .- In what is considered as a serious clash of the President of Bolivia with the United Nations,  President Evo Morales yesterday invited officials of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) of the United Nations to visit Bolivia to see personally what is the ancient practice of “pijcheo” (chewing coca leafs) and realize its “natural” properties.  In opposition to Morales point of view,  the United Nations INCB Board,  is asking the bolivian government since 2007 to educate boliviaqn people to remove the practice of chewing coca, which is considered by the authority as a “threat”. In recent days, the Board urged the Government of Bolivia to educate people to stop chew coca because it is forbidden by the 1961 Convention.

Explaining his position,  President Evo Morales said that “prior to urge the Government of Bolivia to carry out programs that discourage “acullico” (chewing) of coca leafs, the INCB executives must come to Bolivia to see the benefits of the coca leafs making people more healthy and intelligent,” said the Chief of State during a ceremony in the town of Caranavi, in the northern department of La Paz.

“Members of the International Narcotics Control Board United Nations can come here and see the facts,” insisted the President. “that will show respect and understanding of the world’s social diversity and also respect to our identity,” he said.

Morales also said that “the visit of those responsible in the  INCB  will enable them to realize the cultural traditions of Bolivia and verify that coca is not cocaine, if it is not submitted by the drug traffickers to chemicals.

Since 2006, the Government of Bolivia is in an international campaign to decriminalize the coca leaf for traditional consumption differentiating cocaine

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