Wednesday, July 10th 2013 - 06:05 UTC

OAS condemns Morales plane incident and urges EU countries involved to apologize

The Organization of American States Permanent Council (OAS) adopted on Tuesday a resolution expressing solidarity with President of Bolivia Evo Morales whose official aircraft last July 2 was delayed because of air space pass-by denial in Europe and urged the European countries involved to provide explanations and apologies.

Bolivian president Evo Morales and his plane were delayed on alleged suspicions that he was flying with leaker Edward Snowden

The text, adopted by consensus in a special meeting of the Council convened at the request of Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, resolves “to condemn actions that violated basic rules and principles of international law such as the inviolability of Heads of State,” and “to strongly call upon the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain to provide the necessary explanations and apologies about the events involving the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, as well as the corresponding apologies”.

Moreover, the resolution reaffirms the “full validity of the principles, rules, and international customs governing diplomatic relations among states,” and calls on the parties involved to “continue respectful and constructive dialogue, under the rules of international law and the mechanisms for the peaceful settlement of disputes.” The text includes footnotes from the United States and Canada.

During the special meeting, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said he feels “a great indignation and immense solidarity in response to the aggression suffered by a leader of Latin America and the Caribbean. What happened on July 2 cannot be qualified as a commonplace incident. It is a serious offence to a democratic President of this region”.

“It is very clear that this is an event that goes beyond the explanations that have been given here,” said the Secretary General. “With all due respect to my European Observer friends, with all the affection that we have for them, there is a serious matter here that has not been clarified”.

The incident, said the leader of the hemispheric institution, “leaves a wound” and “the best way to heal that wound, to mend that wound, is to know what really happened, what really took place” continued the Secretary General.

“Where did this news come from that Mr. Snowden was on the plane? Why was it believed?” The best way to clear everything up, he added, “is through transparency”.

During the special meeting of the Council, the representatives of Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Canada, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Colombia, El Salvador and Haiti all took part, as did the Permanent Observers of Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and the European Union.

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1 Redrow (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 07:06 am Report abuse
I'm truly sorry

that I bothered to read this.
2 Britworker (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:10 am Report abuse
We are very sorry, but feel we must point out that one of your own members got on the phone and told us to do it. Hehe, doesn't exactly sound good. Should be fun watching this play out, they are obviously not letting it drop.
3 lsolde (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:50 am Report abuse
Such fragile egos,
So easy to insult(even if you didn't mean to!)
Can you imagine the fun you could have if you wanted to stir them up?
4 txiki (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:19 am Report abuse
Typical latin machoism.

5 Be serious (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:45 am Report abuse
Well its all constructive and respectful so I guess that's the end of the matter.
As for transparency no doubt there will shortly be an announcement regarding the date and time Mr Snowden will be travelling to Venezuela.
6 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:53 am Report abuse
'The (OAS) text includes footnotes from the United States and Canada.'

Oh, come on Mercopress!
The only point of salacious interest in this story is what the US Footnote said!

Brit #2 has it spot on.
7 Gordo1 (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 10:55 am Report abuse
Correa et al MUST have the last word, mustn't they? What did the US and Canada really say?

Storm in a teacup provoked by Ecuador and Bolivia, aided and abetted by Nicaragua and Venezuela. Much ado about nothing!
8 Conqueror (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 11:16 am Report abuse
Pity for Bolivia and the OAS. Head of State “immunity” does not include allowing Head of State to “fly” wherever he wants to. After all, Morales' aircraft “might” have been carrying a communicable disease, chemical or biological agents, a conventional or nuclear weapons. And some nutty organisation thinks it can tell countries not to act in their own interests?
9 ChrisR (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 11:54 am Report abuse
The only communicable disease on the plane would be the Cowpat himself.

Enough already. WGAF?
10 malen (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 11:57 am Report abuse
For Geoffward
11 Elena (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 12:05 pm Report abuse
@2 Indeed that´s why they put that member oppinion on a foot note, an apology normaly is the dyplomatic thing to do, it´s called also damage control :-)

@5 I believe he´s still in Moscow, at least officialy, here´s an interesting interview
12 manchesterlad (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
It's unbelievable that these S. American states who are only one generation ahead of brutal dictatorships massacring their own people are so put out by a few hours delay at an international airport

It wasn't that long ago that the leaders of these same states couldn't leave their own countries for fear of being overthrown by another tin pot dictator!!!
13 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
Thanks for the link, Malen; I quote:

'Not surprisingly, the United States added a footnote to the resolution to state that:
(The USA) did not join it (the OAS resolutions) for what he considered a lack of clarity of the facts.
He added that the OAS was not the appropriate forum to discuss these differences;
(they) must be resolved bilaterally between the countries concerned.'

'Canada also bowed to the resolution citing conflicting interpretations of those involved and encouraged the search for a resolution through diplomatic channels.'

In other words, the USA and Canada are saying:
1. “We are doing everything we can to confuse the issues, and
nothing at all to bring clarification;
2. We don't believe that, even if this is an American issue,
it should not be discussed by the Organisation of American States;
3. We believe these matters are nothing to do with us;
4. We want it all to be conducted in secret”.

Luckily, the BBC (Latin American division) believes this is worth printing, even if Mercopress doesn’t.
14 Conqueror (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 01:44 pm Report abuse
@10 Well, the BBC is pretty crap these days. Very similar to argie-controlled “media”. Never mind, the BBC will be “reduced” soon. And then we can turn “shit” into “gas”.
15 GFace (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 02:22 pm Report abuse
I'm telling ya.. they should just come out and admit that the call came in the wee hours of the morning from the Ecuadorian Consulate in London.
16 ChrisR (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 03:18 pm Report abuse
15 GFace

Yes, but with his best intentions at heart, wasn't it Julie?
17 GFace (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 03:24 pm Report abuse
@16, “You might think that. I, however, cannot possibly comment.” ;-P
18 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 04:38 pm Report abuse

“'Canada also bowed to the resolution citing conflicting interpretations of those involved and encouraged the search for a resolution through diplomatic channels.'

In other words, the USA and Canada are saying:
1. “We are doing everything we can to confuse the issues, and
nothing at all to bring clarification;
2. We don't believe that, even if this is an American issue,
it should not be discussed by the Organisation of American States;
3. We believe these matters are nothing to do with us;
4. We want it all to be conducted in secret”.

With respect to you Geoff, isn't this the same OAS that tries to minimise the input of the NA American States, Canada and the USA, and discounts the opinions of the US as counter to the benefit of the whole OAS?

At the same time, these OAS brother states are falling all over each other with special envoy's to Russia, to harbour a fugitive from another OAS member state.

Now they want a ”full accounting“ and apology from the US?
There is nothing wrong with Canada asking for a ”diplomatic“ solution. That means trying to work together towards an end.

Looking at this objectively, it sounds like the only agenda the Bolivian, Ecuadorian, and Venezuelan governments have is to find a way to publicly humiliate and embarrass the USA.

The OAS seems to have a conflict of interest, rather than trying to resolve an issue, the mandate has been ”Hi-jacked” for political purposes and is an inappropriate forum.

On the other hand, this is a truly international affair, involving many European states, far beyond the scope and 'jurisdiction' of the OAS body.
19 Briton (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 06:53 pm Report abuse
Seems the plebs are getting angry,

It’s either to much meat in their diet, or to much power gone to their heads,

They think they see a chance to humiliate the European government of France Spain Portugal
And Italy,

It seems these South Americans and the attachments they carry are looking for any excuse to have a go at??
It’s a storm in a coffee mug,
Its just not as strong as some think it is
On the other hand I could be wrong? lol ..

20 Gordo1 (#) Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:42 pm Report abuse
La azafata is at it again. What a joke she is!
21 Brasileiro (#) Jul 11th, 2013 - 01:11 am Report abuse
I wait than all relations, included Embassies closed. The UE not credible! Treaties and international laws broked. UNASUL can make it, close all ambassys, included Chile and Peru. EU is nothing to us.
22 Tim (#) Jul 11th, 2013 - 03:17 am Report abuse
20 Gordo1 (#) I agree, she is a total twat!!!
23 reality check (#) Jul 11th, 2013 - 05:31 am Report abuse
You blithering idiot, the EU is worth billions to your economy!

Somehow do not think the intelligent people in your government are going to act on your advice.

“EU is worth nothing to us”. You must be a couple of boards short of a plank!
24 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 11th, 2013 - 06:49 am Report abuse

Ha ha ha ha ha...
25 lsolde (#) Jul 11th, 2013 - 07:22 am Report abuse
@21 Brasileiro,
Did you think before you wrote that, senhor?
26 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 11th, 2013 - 02:41 pm Report abuse
Forgive knows not what it says. Idiots are as idiots does. I would venture to guess brassie is slowly moved out from abject poverty to working poor and believe's life is grand......and it probably is in comparative terms of a south American.

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