Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mexico solidly backs Bolivia on Evo Morales grounding

Guadalajara -
As the fallout continues from Tuesday night's forced landing in Vienna, Austria of Bolivian president Evo Morales, whom several European nations suspected of carrying former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Mexico's foreign ministry has issued a statement firmly supporting the La Paz government, calling the incident "regrettable" and suggesting poor judgment was exercised in the matter by several European countries.

"Mexico restates its conviction that the principles of international law and correct diplomatic practices must be observed and respected by all members of the world community, including the head of state immunity which every chief executive enjoys," the ministry said in a Wednesday press release.

The statement did not mention France, Italy, or Portugal, all of which have been denounced by Bolivia for refusing Morales' presidential aircraft landing rights or the use of air space on its return trip from Moscow. Bolivia says it will pursue a complaint with the U.N. for alleged violations of international law.

Nor did the Mexican foreign ministry refer to the United States, which officials in La Paz say they hold accountable for "orchestrating the events."

A small group of vocal Morales supporters marched outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City today, carrying signs that said "we're all Bolivians." Some of them chanted, "Evo, be tough; give it to those Yankees."

President Morales finally arrived home in La Paz yesterday, where he was given a hero's welcome by supporters.

July 10 - Mexico turns up heat on U.S. over PRISM surveillance
July 5 - Evo Morales: "We will close the U.S. embassy in La Paz"
July 2 - U.S. likely to have more troubles with Bolivia

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