South American leaders to meet on Bolivian plane diversion

GENEVA Wed Jul 3, 2013 8:52am EDT

Bolivian presidential plane taxis to the runway before leaving the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Bolivian presidential plane taxis to the runway before leaving the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat July 3, 2013.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Latin American presidents plan an emergency meeting on Wednesday over the diversion to Austria of a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations said.

The Bolivian plane, which was taking Morales home from Moscow, was stranded and searched in Vienna on suspicion that it might be carrying fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. A search determined that Snowden was not onboard and the plane eventually left Vienna about noon on Wednesday.

"We have been told that an emergency meeting of Unasur (Union of South American Nations) is going to be held today," Sacha Llorenti Soliz told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday. No time for the meeting was mentioned.

"What's at stake here is ... the dignity of Bolivia and the dignity of Latin America," he said, adding that the presidents of Peru, Ecuador and Argentina had all spoken with Morales about the incident.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told a news conference in Geneva that he had not received any request for such a meeting.

Bolivia accused Austria of "kidnapping" Morales by forcing him to land in Vienna on suspicion that his plane was carrying Snowden to Latin America.

(Reporting by Emma Farge and Tom Miles; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (5)
AdamSmith wrote:
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The American government, a vast organ, has become completely corrupt, no less corrupt than Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Russia.

Obama is a weak leader, who has become a pathetic, corrupt puppet of the American military-corporate-fascist-plutocratic empire.

Jul 03, 2013 9:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mgunn wrote:
Imagine if Air Force One was stopped. That probably would result in an outright declaration of war by us. Yet we do it with utter disregard for Latin American countries, etc. How condescending can you get?

Jul 03, 2013 9:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:
Really? Who cares. Now both Morales and Correa will have their moment in the world’s spotlight, then, back to relative obscurity. They’ll get their panties in a wad, denounce the “Imperialistic Americans”, rattle sabres, etc.

Hugo Chavez would have had a field day with this one.

We, America that is, should pull every bit of foreign aid out of every country that we subsidize and let the chips fall where they may. THEN, we should hear some howling …

Jul 03, 2013 10:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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