HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban government reacted early Wednesday to the affront suffered by Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday when, during his flight from Russia to La Paz, several European nations suddenly denied his aircraft the right to fly in their airspace.
Morales called the incident, which saw him forced to land in Austria and wait 13 hours to continue on, a “diplomatic kidnapping.”
The following is the statement from the Cuban authorities.
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba
A few hours ago, various European governments refused or withdrew, using the pretext of technical grounds, overflight or landing permits for the aircraft of President Evo Morales Ayma of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, which constitutes an inadmissible, unfounded and arbitrary act, an offense to all of Latin America and the Caribbean.
A few days ago, the United States threatened a sister nation, Ecuador, with coercive economic measures, which cannot be tolerated for any reason whatsoever, an act which damages all of Our America and deserves international repudiation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba is following with serious concern events of the last few weeks related to the significant denunciation of U.S. citizen Edward Snowden, confirming the operation of a global espionage system on the part of the government of the United States, in violation of the sovereignty of states and the rights of persons.
Cuba calls on the international community to mobilize against these violations of international law and human rights.