Bolivia seeks coca legalization, path to the sea

September 15, 2006 05:36


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Landlocked nations, generally the poorest of the world's poor countries, turned to each other at the Nonaligned Movement summit for ideas on how to lessen dependence on their neighbors. President Evo Morales of Bolivia, which lost its coastline in a 19th century war, expressed optimism Thursday that his nation will regain access to the Pacific thanks to improving relations with Chile. "We're convinced that we'll get it through our bilateral relations," Morales said. "We're two neighboring countries that can't be in eternal enmity." Morales, a leftist elected as Bolivia's first Indian president in December, has something else on his summit wishlist: his campaign to legalize coca leaf, a move he says could reduce poverty in South American's poorest nation.

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