UNASUR released a statement today in response to the incident where Evo Morales' plane was forced to land in Austria after threats to search the plane for Snowden.  EU officials are scrambling to explain why Bolivian government officials are claiming that the president's plane was blocked from flying over several countries.  These events seem to parallel the incident where U.K. government officials threatened to invade the Ecuadorian Embassy in order to capture wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Here is our translation of the UNASUR statement:

Statement from the Union of South American Nations

The Union of South American Nations – UNASUR – has taken note, with the greatest concern, of the Statement-Denunciation issued by the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, by which the government states its claim before the international community due to the surprising withdrawal of permissions over airspace and landing for the presidential airplane that carried President Evo Morales Ayma and his party, in return flight, after his participation in the Second Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, held in the Russian Federation.

The Union of South American Countries – UNASUR – makes public its strong solidarity with the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and in particular with its President Mr. Evo Morales Ayma.  Additionally, it expresses its indignation and profound rejection of these acts which constitute unfriendly and unjustifiable acts that have also put in serious risk the security of the Bolivian head of state and his party.

UNASUR demands a clarification of these acts and an explanation as it were to arise.

This is the original, posted on the website for Peru's foreign ministry.

Comunicado de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas

La Unión de Naciones Suramericanas – UNASUR - ha tomado conocimiento, con la mayor preocupación, del Comunicado-Denuncia emitido por el Gobierno del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, mediante el cual formula su reclamo ante la comunidad internacional por el retiro sorpresivo de permisos de sobrevuelo y aterrizaje para la aeronave presidencial en la que se trasladaba el Presidente Evo Morales Ayma y su comitiva, en vuelo de retorno, después de su participación en la Segunda Cumbre del Foro de Países Exportadores de Gas, realizado en la Federación de Rusia.

La Unión de Naciones Suramericanas – UNASUR – hace pública su mayor solidaridad con el Gobierno del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia  y en particular con el señor Presidente Evo Morales Ayma. Asimismo, expresa su indignación y profundo rechazo por tales hechos que constituyen actos inamistosos e injustificables que, además han puesto en serio riesgo la  seguridad del Jefe de Estado boliviano y la de su comitiva.

UNASUR demanda el esclarecimiento de tales hechos y las explicaciones a que hubiere lugar.

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