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US denies Morales claims of undermining Bolivian gov''t.

| WASHINGTON, May 1 (KUNA) -- The United States on Wednesday denied allegations by Bolivian President Evo Morales that its international aid agency (USAID) was undermining his leftist government. "We deny the baseless allegations made by the Bolivian government," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told journalists in a briefing.

"The U.S. does deeply regret the decision to expel the U.S. Agency for International Development," he said following Morales's decision to expel USAID workers earlier today. According to media reports, Morales has charged USAID "of alleged political interference in peasant unions and other social organizations." The State department defended the of USAID role in the country, claiming the agency aims to "establish a relationship based on mutual respect, dialogue and cooperation" with the Bolivian government.

"This action is further demonstration that the Bolivian government is not interested in that vision," Ventrell said. According to media reports, Morales has charged USAID " of alleged political interference in peasant unions and other social organizations." In the past, Morales has accused the agency of funding groups that have opposed his policies, including a lowlands indigenous federation that organized protests against Morales in the past. In 2008, Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador and agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for allegedly inciting the opposition. (end) hy.gb KUNA 020123 May 13NNNN

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