Objections and support for Bolivia's coca amendment

01 March 2011
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After the closure of the January 31, 2011, deadline to file objections to the Bolivian amendment to remove the ban on coca leaf chewing in the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 18 objections were submitted. Although not required, four countries explicitly submitted their support: Spain, Ecuador, Venezuela and Costa Rica. Egypt, Macedonia and Colombia withdrew their objections.

In the table below the declarations of support, objection and withdrawal are listed chronologically:

Member State Objection Support Objection withdrawn When Document
Spain   x   January 13 Support Spain [1]
Macedonia     x January 17 Withdrawal Macedonia [2]
United States x     January 19 Objection US
Sweden x     January 20 Objection Sweden
United Kingdom x     January 21 Objection UK
Latvia x     January 24 Objection Latvia
Colombia     x January 26 Withdrawal Colombia [3]
Japan x     January 26 Objection Japan
Canada x     January 26 Objection Canada
Costa Rica   x   January 27 Support Costa Rica
Venezuela   x   January 28 Support Venezuela [4]
Egypt     x January 28 Withdrawal Egypt [5]
France x     January 28 Objection France
Germany x     January 28 Objection Germany
Bulgaria x     January 28 Objection Bulgaria
Slovakia x     January 28 Objection Slovakia
Denmark x     January 28 Objection Denmark
Estonia x     January 28 Objection Estonia
Italy x     January 28 Objection Italy
Ecuador   x   January 31 Support Ecuador
Mexico x     January 31 Objection Mexico
Russian Federation x     January 31 Objection Russia
Malaysia x     January 31 Objection Malaysia
Singapore x     January 31 Objection Singapore
Ukraine x     January 31  
Uruguay   x   January 31 Support Uruguay

The official United Nations Treaty Collection related to Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances can be found here:

The site contains the formal registration of Depository Notifications, including ratifications, amendments, objections,  declarations of support, etcetera:
Search in "Treaty reference" under "VI-18"
(VI-18 is the reference number for the 1961 Single Convention as amended by the 1972 Protocol)

Countries can still withdraw their objection.

[1] Spain did not officially file a memorandum of support to the UN, but this letter of the minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain makes  clear that it fully supports the Bolivian amendment.

[2] Original objection of Macedonia

[3] Original objection of Colombia.

[4] Including the presidential declarations made at the Sixth Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America — Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), held in the city of Maracay, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on 24 June 2009 (see annex) and at the Seventh Summit of ALBA-TCP, held in the city of Cochabamba, Plurinational State of Bolivia, on 17 October 2009 (see A/C.2/64/8), in which Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela express their support for the proposal made by Bolivia to amend article 49, paragraphs 1 (c) and 2 (e), of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended by the Protocol amending the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (see E/2009/78).

[5] Original objection of Egypt