Wednesday Jul 03, 201310:10 PM GMT
Bolivia to lodge complaint at UN over ‘US-ordered kidnapping’
Wed Jul 3, 2013 9:29PM
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Morales says he denied the request that his plane be inspected.

Bolivia has accused the U.S. of ordering some European states to block the flight of President Evo Morales form their airspace and is expected to lodge a formal complaint to the United Nations.


Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said that the plane was "kidnapped by imperialism."


He also took a swipe at some European countries while describing them as 'colonies' which gave in to Washington’s pressure over the issue.


“Yesterday confirmed that the colonies are not in Latin America, Africa or Asia.  The colonies are in some European countries, sadly.  Colonized countries exist in Europe.  It is very sad,” said Linera.


The Bolivian vice president promised that his country would file a complaint with the U.N.


“As a government, we are moving forward with all of the possible denouncements on an international level.  Just hours ago, we have our denouncement before the United Nations.  In the coming hours, we will be denouncing this before the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Commission so we can begin the process against those responsible for this violation against international rights, this violation against flight rights and this endangering of the life of President Evo Morales after preventing him to fly over their territories which does not even happen during war time.”


Bolivian officials say France, Spain and Portugal denied the flight carrying President Morales entry to their airspace on Tuesday over alleged suspicion that American whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board the plane. The plane which was flying back home from a Moscow summit was forced to ground in Austria on Tuesday night before leaving the European country for home on Wednesday.


Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca also criticized Europe saying "We don't know who invented this lie" that Snowden was on board the plane.


Austria said its border police could not find Snowden on board the plane after searching it with the permission of Morales.


La Paz has warned the European states that the incident will cause irreparable damage to their ties.



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