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LA PAZ/SANTA CRUZ (Own report) - Latin American critics are accusing organizations linked to German foreign policy of being implicated in the escalating South American autonomy conflicts. This is referring to controversy that, around the turn of the year, led to bloody uprisings in Bolivia. At present the conflict is being primarily sparked by the draft for a statute of autonomy presented by governors of four Bolivian departments at the beginning of the first week of June. Government circles in La Paz qualify the document as being "separatist" and "seditious." It proposes far-ranging independence for the provinces rich in natural resources. Judging from the escalation of violence, observers are drawing parallels to developments that led to wars of secession in the former Yugoslavia, in which Germany was heavily implicated. It is now being said in Bolivia that German measures of decentralization have also laid the groundwork in the country for the current demands for autonomy. Moreover a German political party foundation's affiliate organizations are directly involved. The trail of evidence also leads to the circles of German exiles, who fled to South America in the aftermath of the World War II. They benefit from the special assistance bestowed under the German government's "Deutschtum" policy [Germandom policy]. more…