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

Wednesday, July 10th 2013 - 06:05 UTC
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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. Read full article

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  • Redrow

    I'm truly sorry

    that I bothered to read this.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 07:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    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.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    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?

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • txiki

    Typical latin machoism.

    Yawn

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    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.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    '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.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    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!

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 10:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    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?

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 11:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The only communicable disease on the plane would be the Cowpat himself.

    Enough already. WGAF?

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 11:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    For Geoffward
    www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2013/07/130710_oea_bolivia_avion_resolucion_wbm.shtml

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 11:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Elena

    @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 http://video.ft.com/v/2534869753001/Edward-Snowden-explains-himself

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 12:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • manchesterlad

    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!!!

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 01:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    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.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 01:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @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”.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 01:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    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.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 02:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    15 GFace

    Yes, but with his best intentions at heart, wasn't it Julie?

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 03:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @16, “You might think that. I, however, cannot possibly comment.” ;-P

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 03:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @13Geoff

    “'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.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 04:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    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??
    Still,
    It’s a storm in a coffee mug,
    Its just not as strong as some think it is ..lol
    ///////////////
    On the other hand I could be wrong? lol ..

    .

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    La azafata is at it again. What a joke she is!

    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/135694/us-espionage-on-latam-countries-we-are-free-nations-that-dont-want-to-be-spied-on

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    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.

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 01:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tim

    20 Gordo1 (#) I agree, she is a total twat!!!

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 03:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    @21
    You blithering idiot, the EU is worth billions to your economy!

    http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/brazil/

    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!

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 05:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @21

    Ha ha ha ha ha...

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 06:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @21 Brasileiro,
    Did you think before you wrote that, senhor?

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 07:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Forgive brasileira.....it 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.

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 02:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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