Bolivian Protesters

France has apologised to Bolivia for refusing to allow President Evo Morales’ jet into its airspace, blaming “conflicting information”.
Bolivia accused France, Italy, Spain and Portugal of blocking the plane.
It said some wrongly believed US fugitive Edward Snowden was on board, reports the BBC.
Speaking in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said he granted permission as soon as he knew it was Morales’ plane.
President Morales was flying back to Bolivia from Moscow when the plane was forced to stop in Vienna.
The French foreign ministry issued a statement on the incident.
Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said: “The foreign minister called his Bolivian counterpart to tell him about France’s regrets after the incident caused by the late confirmation of permission for President Morales’ plane to fly over [French] territory.”
The episode sparked angry reactions from heads of state across Latin America.
Demonstrators marched on the French embassy in La Paz, burning the French flag and demanding the expulsion of the ambassador to Bolivia.
President Correa asked that the Unasur group of South American nations call an urgent meeting over the matter.
The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, expressed his “deep displeasure” with the “lack of respect” shown by the countries that denied airspace to Morales’ jet.
Bolivia’s Vice-President Alvaro Garcia said a group of Latin American leaders would meet in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Thursday over the case.
Austrian officials said the airport authorities had searched the plane, but with Morales’s permission.
But the Bolivian government denied any search had taken place.
The plane took off from Vienna on Wednesday morning, having landed there late on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, France urged EU-US trade talks be delayed amid the fallout from secrets leaked by Snowden.
The talks are due to begin on Monday but claims that the US bugged EU diplomatic offices in the US, and spied on internal computer networks, have upset transatlantic relations.
However, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin did not back a delay to the talks, which correspondents say if successful will deliver the biggest trade deal in history.


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