Bolivia to host global summit to rally support against US snooping

Published: July 26, 2013 - 16:16 Updated: July 26, 2013 - 17:39

It will be held the day after the summit of ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America’ (ALBA) concludes in Ecuador where these issues would be discussed by the participating heads of state
Hardnews Bureau New Delhi 

Spurred on by Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US snooping on Internet  and telephone-users worldwide and provoked by the subsequent diversion of President Evo Morales’s plane to Austria ostensibly because of suspicion that Snowden was on board, Bolivia will host a three-day international summit from July 31, 2013 to rally support for the defence of human rights and sovereignty. 

It will be held the day after the summit of ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America’ (ALBA, in Spanish) concludes in Ecuador, where again these issues would be discussed by the participating heads of state. (ALBA is an international organization of the Latin American and the Caribbean countries such as Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica.) 

The Bolivian ambassador to India, Jorge Cardenas Robles, told the media in New Delhi on Thursday (July 26, 2013) that the summit to be hosted by his country would discuss among other things the fallout of Snowden’s revelations, the “act of terrorism” against President Morales’ aircraft, armed aggression by foreign powers in Libya and now Syria and the alleged violation of international treaties and conventions by certain countries. 

Meanwhile, President Morales has said he was returning his ambassadors to Spain, France, Italy and Portugal after they apologized for refusing to let his plane fly over their airspace. (Unlike some of these European countries, Bolivia and the US have not exchanged ambassadors since 2008.)

Robles described the acts of espionage by the US as an attack on the freedom of people around the world and said that such acts demonstrated the seriousness of the violation of the basic rights of the people. He asserted that the act of diverting Morales’s plane was “an act of terrorism” carried out at the behest of the US by the governments of Spain, France, Italy and Portugal, and it was in violation of international treaties and conventions. 

Bolivia says those countries forced Morales to make an unscheduled 14-hour stop on July 2 in Vienna where Austrian border police searched the aircraft for Snowden. Morales was returning home from Moscow, where Snowden has been holed at Sheremetyevo airport after his disclosures about the US National Security Agency's spying on its citizens and other nations. 

Meanwhile, President Morales has said he was returning his ambassadors to Spain, France, Italy and Portugal after they apologized for refusing to let his plane fly over their airspace. (Unlike some of these European countries, Bolivia and the US have not exchanged ambassadors since 2008.)

It will be held the day after the summit of ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America’ (ALBA) concludes in Ecuador where these issues would be discussed by the participating heads of state
Hardnews Bureau New Delhi 

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