Five South America envoys recalled from 4 European capitals

The leaders of Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia decided at a summit in Montevideo Friday to recall their ambassadors from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. They demand apologies for an incident on July 2 in which the aircraft carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was denied entry into the airspace of a number of EU countries, after the US ambassador to Austria alleged the fugitive Edward Snowden was taken aboard to asylum in Latin America. The Bolivian plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Austria. In their statement, the five leaders said: "We repudiate any action aimed at undermining the authority of countries to grant and fully implement the right of asylum” and called for "solidarity with the governments of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, which have offered to grant asylum to Mr Edward Snowden".


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