OAS Leader Expresses ‘Displeasure’ Over Incident With Bolivian President’s Plane

The Organization of American States released a statement saying José Miguel Insulza, the secretary general of the OAS, believed European authorities endangered the life of Bolivian President Evo Morales by revoking permission for him to fly through their airspace after an official trip to Moscow. 

“The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his deep displeasure with the decision of the aviation authorities of several European countries that denied the use of airspace to the plane carrying the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, from Moscow to La Paz,” the statement said. “The leader of the hemispheric Organization said that in his opinion nothing justifies an act of such lack of respect for the highest authority of a country. For that reason, said Insulza, the countries involved must give an explanation of the reasons why they took this decision, in particular as it endangered the life of the leader of a member country of the OAS.”