Havana, Jul 3.- Cuba described today as unacceptable and arbitrary action the denial or cancellation by several European governments of permissions for the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales to overfly their airspace or land.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the island said in a statement that the stance of those countries offends all Latin America and the Caribbean.
France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal refused yesterday night to allow the flight of the Bolivian presidential airplane by their respective airspace, based on the alleged presence in the apparatus of former agent of the U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden.
Morales returned to his country after attending in Russia a Forum of Gas Exporting Countries, and his aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Austria.
The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls that a few days ago, the United States threatened Ecuador with coercive economic measures, saying that "this action can not be tolerated for any reason, injures all our America, and deserves international condemnation."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs follows with serious concern the events of recent weeks, related to Snowden's relevant complaints.
The note states that such revelations "confirm the existence of a global spying system by the United States government in violation to the States sovereignty and the rights of the people."
Cuba calls the international community to mobilize against these violations of International Law and human rights, the document concludes. (Prensa Latina)