Edward Snowden Diplomatic imbroglios and private jets



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Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, was on return journey from an energy summit (with GECF) in Moscow on Tuesday, and was forced to land on Vienna's airport (Wien-Schwechat) because of several European countries sudden opposition to this flight.

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     France, Italy, Portugal and Spain decided to close their airspace to Bolivian presidential plane (Falcon 900 Ex Easy of Dassault) the 2nd of July 2013, suspecting former NSA technical contractor Edward Snowden -currently staying in Moscow's airport (Domodedovo) transit area- to be on board.

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This led to a diplomatic imbroglio, -La Paz denying Snowden was in the plane, but refusing to allow the falcon to be searched- and Bolivian presidential plane was allowed to take off only after 13 hours spent in Vienna, as France, Portugal, Italy, and finally Spain opened their air space (although Spain initially wanted to set the search of the plane as a condition).

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Concerned European countries officially told they regret what happened, however, Bolivian administration has denounced France, Portugal, Spain and Italy to the United Nations (UN) and the UN Human Rights commission, and accused them of violation of air law and diplomatic conventions.


Not only this event has outlined -again- how strong United States's influence on European decisions is (Sacha Llorenti, bolivian representative at the United Nations said "the orders came from the United States"), but also how relative international law is. It is clear that nearly no country in the world would have forced Air Force 1 to land on the basis of a bear suspicion; according to Austrian Home Office, there was no legal reason for searching the plane (and it was not, despite countries like Spain wanted to search it).
This is why the interruption of Evo Morales's flight is considered as an act of imperialism and of arrogance towards an economically poor country, which would not "matter" in European and north American leaders's opinion.

Bolivia received significant support from other south American countries, Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner said this was an insult to whole South America, while Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela denounced north American imperialism.

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