This Date in History: Bolivia Severed Ties With Cuba; Shut Down Embassy Spy Center Reply

August 21, 1964:  La Paz severed ties with Havana in compliance with a July 28th resolution which called on all Organization of American States (OAS) members to end diplomatic relations with Havana.  Bolivia urged Cuban Charge de Affaires Roberto Lasalle and his staff of five diplomatic staffer to depart quickly and quietly. While Bolivia voted against the OAS sanctions, it complied, in part, because of “interference by the Havana mission” in Bolivia’s domestic issues.  According to Cuban Intelligence defector Juan F. Benemelis, Lasalle is an intelligence officer.

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