‘We don’t need US Embassy in Bolivia’: Morales, UNASUR slam ‘imperial’ skyjack

(L-R) Bolivia’s Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (L) and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa listen to the Bolivian national anthem during a welcoming gathering in honour of Morales, in Cochabamba, on July 4, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jorge Bernal)
Tensions 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.

Following the emergency meeting of Latin American countries in response to a forceful stop of the President’s place in Austria the Cochabamba Declaration has been issued, demanding the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain to apologize and denouncing “the flagrant violation of international treaties.” 

Ahead of the summit, the Bolivian President has 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.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales waves to the crowd during a meeting with Bolivian social organizations in Cochabamba July 4, 2013 (Reuters / David Mercado)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales waves to the crowd during a meeting with Bolivian social organizations in Cochabamba July 4, 2013 (Reuters / David Mercado)
The meeting of South American leaders takes place after President Morales’s plane was forced to stopin 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.

By Russia Today