March 8, 2014
Mercosur condemns 'attack' on Evo Morales, US on spying
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was attending today’s Mercosur Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city. US illegal spying programmes in regional countries and a statement condemning the Evo Morales’ plane spat, on the presidents’ agenda.
The recent and serious diplomatic scandal that ended with Bolivian President Evo Morales stranded in Vienna after some European countries –per request of the US- denied air permits to Morales’ plane on suspicions NSA agent Edward Snowden was on board, has driven fierce criticism by regional leaders who were addressing the incident in Montevideo.
The Morales’ scandal indeed prompted reports in Brazil’s media accusing Washington of spying Latin American countries. “I felt a shiver going down on my spine”, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner stated earlier this week as she called for a “strong condemnation statement” from MERCOSUR member states during the summit.
Additionally, Morales said MERCOSUR “shall be liberated politically and economically”, as it "was created to liberate South America politically”.
During the Heads of State meeting, Uruguay handed the pro tempore presidency to Venezuela, officially admitted to the trade bloc last year in a move resisted by the Paraguayan Congress and fueled by Argentina.