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Bolivia fights objections to coca-leaf chewing

Bolivia fights objections to coca-leaf chewing

Bolivia's ambassador to the U.N. says his country will ask the world body to organize an international conference on coca leaf-chewing if the U.S., Britain and Sweden don't stop blocking his country's efforts to depenalize the age-old practice.
Ambassador Pablo Solon told reporters Friday that six countries had filed formal objections to Bolivia's move to depenalize coca leaf-chewing but three _ Colombia, Macedonia and Egypt _ withdrew them.
Monday is the deadline for countries to raise objections to Bolivia's proposed amendment to the United Nations' 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The proposal would remove language that obligates those countries that signed it to ban the chewing of coca leaves.


Updated : 2021-04-11 08:27 GMT+08:00