Friday, July 5, 2013

Unasur Confirms Special Summit in Bolivia

Radio Cadena Agramonte reports:

General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), Ali Rodríguez, confirmed today to Prensa Latina that a special meeting of the Council of Heads of State will be held tomorrow in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The summit of presidents, at a request made by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, has been scheduled for 16:00 local time in that Bolivian city.

Rodriguez told Prensa Latina by phone from Caracas that six presidents have confirmed their attendance to the meeting so far (Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay and Suriname) and the rest of nations are yet to inform the level of their representation.

Rodriguez said that the objective of the summit is a South America's pronouncement about the virtual kidnapping of President Morales by several European countries, who prevented their presidential plane from flying over their territories in a clear violation of international law.

The meeting will examine those European countries' relation with Unasur member countries, as all of them have important interests in the region, and we will have to establish if a diplomatic apology is enough or any further measures will have to be adopted.

He stressed that the region's sovereignty and dignity deserve respect and expressed certainty about the unity of the regional bloc against this insult to one of its members, which amounts to offending all, he said.

The only point in the agenda of the heads of State is to discuss the bloc's response to the insult from several European countries by preventing the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales to fly over their territories.