US spy row official quits Bolivia

Other News Materials 14 February 2008 08:31 (UTC +04:00)

( BBC ) - A US embassy official at the centre of spying allegations in Bolivia will not return, the Bolivian government says.

Vincent Cooper is accused of asking several US citizens working in Bolivia to monitor the movements of Cuban and Venezuelan workers in the country.

It was announced that he would not return after talks between Bolivia's Minister of Government, Alfredo Rada, and the US ambassador in La Paz.

Investigations by Bolivia and the US into the incident are continuing.

According to embassy officials, security adviser Mr Cooper mistakenly briefed a group of newly-arrived scholars or aid workers, asking them to report "suspicious activities".

The US state department has said that any such request would be "an error" and against US policy.

Earlier this week, Bolivia's President Evo Morales described Mr Cooper as an "undesirable person", saying he had "violated, offended, and attacked Bolivia".