T ensions flare at the UNASUR summit in Bolivia, with the country’s president Evo Morales saying that his “hand would not shake” if and when he “closes the US Embassy,” following the forced stop of presidential plane in Austria.
The President has also expressed appreciation for the support he has received so far from Latin American countries.
“Apologies from a country that did not let us pass over its territory are not enough,” Morales said before talks in the central city of Cochabamba. “Some governments apologized, saying it was an error, but this was not an error.”
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa pointed out, “We are here to support Bolivia.”
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro stressed, “Violation of international law against Evo Morales is against all of us.”
Cristina Fernandez, who came to Bolivia a bit later than her counterparts, indicated, “It is curious that those who speak of human rights committed this violation.”
Jose Mujica of Uruguay and Desi Bouterse of Suriname are also attending the summit.
The meeting of South American leaders takes place after President Morales’s plane was forced to stop in Austria on Tuesday.
It happened due to suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. The plane was searched by Austrian authorities, but they found nothing.
All in all, the President’s layover in Vienna lasted for about 14 hours.
Morales received a hero’s welcome at the airport in Bolivia’s capital of La Paz late Wednesday night.
Escobar: Imperial hijack reopens asylum bid for Snowden in Latin America
Latin American leaders meet to discuss the “hijack” of Bolivian president Evo Morales’ plane in Austria. Regional leaders presented a united front, defending Latin American sovereignty in the face of what they see as post-colonial imperialism.
International affairs analyst Pepe Escobar says such a turnover in Snowden chase could significantly increase NSA Whistleblower’s chances on asylum in one of Latin America’s countries.
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