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article imageBolivian president threatens to shut down U.S. embassy in Bolivia

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 5, 2013 in World
Bolivian President Evo Morales has threatened to close down the U.S. embassy in his country, as a response to his plane being denied entry over French and other European airspace, forcing his jet to reroute and land in Austria.
The Bolivian President made the following remarks about the possibility of closing down the U.S. embassy, saying the country didn't need the embassy:
We don’t need a US 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.
In a show of political force, Morales met with the leaders of Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Uruguay in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba to condemn what had happened.
The leaders demanded the apology of European governments involved in the incident.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said that they would not accept for a South American country to be humiliated in such fashion, vowing to take action:
We won’t accept this sort of humiliation against any country of (Latin) America
The leader went on to condemn the double standards in policy towards that of South American politicians, to their western counterparts:
Imagine if this happened to a European head of state, if this had happened to the president of the United States. It probably would have been a casus belli, a case for war. They think they can attack, crush, destroy international law.”
European nations have been trying to contain the fallout, with the French government apologising and voicing its "regret" over the incident. Spain's Foreign Minister has also come out to try and patch things up by saying that they had to "calm things down" and "relax the mood."
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