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Morales calls ALBA nations to miss UN General Assembly

Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro (L) and Bolivia''s Evo Morales (R)
Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro (L) and Bolivia''s Evo Morales (R)

Bolivian President Evo Morales will call on ALBA leadershops to miss next week’s meeting of the UN General Assembly in a show of solidarity towards Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro following the US decision to ban his jet from flying through Puerto Rico’s airspace en route to a state visit to China.

Morales also urged the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to hold an emergency meeting and said he will demand the “immediate withdrawal” of US ambassadors from the regional bloc member states.

“We demand the CELAC an emergency meeting to seriously address the arrogance of the United States government,” the Bolivian leader said during a press conference today accusing the Barack Obama administration of violation the rights of “all Latin America.”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua reported on Thursday that Washington rejected a flight plan filed by Caracas that would have routed Maduro’s presidential plane over Puerto Rico.

“With this decision, the government of the United States has violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on Special Missions and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Evo Morales explained in detail.

“It can no longer be allowed that the (US) government continues with its intimidating policies, its arrogance and the flight prohibition to presidential planes,” the South American head of state insisted.

Morales –who had been forced to remain strained in Vienna back in July after some European Union countries denied air permits to his plane following US’s suspicions ex NSA agent Edward Snowden was on board-, called for countries of the Boliviarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) to miss the United Nations General Assembly reunion that will take place next week in New York.

“Anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist presidents do not feel save in US territory,” he said to affirm “we all go or no one goes.”

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Tags:  Evo Morales  Nicolás Maduro  United Nations  General Assembly  United States  Puerto Rico  airspace  





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