Evo Morales threatens to close the US Embassy in Bolivia

Morales: We don’t need US embassy

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:11:01 GMT

Bolivian President Evo Morales threatens to close the U.S. embassy in the country just days after accusing the White House of pressuring some European states to prevent his airplane enter their airspace.

Expressing outrage at the move and describing it as violation of international law, Morales said that his country would consider “if necessary, closing the U.S. embassy in Bolivia.”

“We don’t need a U.S. embassy in Bolivia. My hand would not shake to close the US embassy. We have dignity, sovereignty. Without the United States, we are better politically, democratically,” he said.

“United we will defeat American imperialism,” he said, adding that his party leaders have called for several measures to retaliate the move.

Bolivian officials say upon orders from Washington, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal denied the flight carrying President Morales entry to their airspace on Tuesday over alleged suspicion that American whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board the plane. The plane which was flying back home from a Moscow summit was forced to land in Austria on Tuesday night before leaving the European country for Bolivia on Wednesday.

Bolivia has lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations over the issue and is planning to file another to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

La Paz has also warned that the force landing of Morales’ airplane in Europe will cause irreparable damage to ties between Bolivia and European states.

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