South American presidents outraged over diverted Bolivian leader's flight

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Posted: Jul 03, 2013 11:04 AM
South American presidents outraged over diverted Bolivian leader's flight

LIMA (Reuters) - Heads of state in the South American bloc Unasur on Wednesday strenuously rejected the diversion of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane in Europe and demanded an explanation for "unfriendly and unjustifiable acts."

In a statement from Peru's government, which holds the rotating presidency of the group, the leaders expressed their outrage and indignation because Morales' plane was not permitted to land in Portugal and France on Tuesday.

Bolivian authorities said they were denied landing space because of unfounded speculation that former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden was on board.

(Reporting By Teresa Cespedes; Writing by Terry Wade)