UN Secretary General celebrates 70th anniversary with cake of coca leaves


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday celebrated his 70th anniversary in Bolivia and was presented with anniversary cake from coca leaves, and a children’s choir sang Happy Birthday to him in three languages ​​- English, Spanish and Ayoreo (an Indian dialect), reports the Bolivian Agency ABI.

On Saturday, Ban Ki-moon will attend the opening of the G77 summit in the format of “G77 plus China”, which will be held in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz. 34 countries will take part in the meeting.

On his birthday, Ban Ki-moon, together with the Bolivian President Evo Morales has opened several social facilities in the village of El Torno near Santa Cruz. After that, all participants congratulated and presented him a cake from coca leaves with 70 candles.

The leaders of both chambers of the Bolivian parliament gave UN Secretary General a medal “For merits in democracy” and heads of public organizations and associations – traditional souvenirs. Ban Ki-moon warmly thanked for the gifts and promised “to take them with him to New York.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales has been protecting coca leaves for many years. He believes that coca leaves themselves are not drugs and are part of the culture of the Andes. In Bolivia, from 62% to 67% of the Indian population chew coca leaves. The president even organized a special holiday – National Day of coca leaf chewing.


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