Cuba denounces US pressure over Snowden's fate

July 3, 2013 17:31

HAVANA - Cuba denounced US efforts to pressure Latin American countries not to give refuge to fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and called on the international community to stand up to Washington's bullying.

"Cuba calls on the international community to mobilize against these violations of international law and human rights," said a foreign ministry statement that was issued late Tuesday and carried by state media on Wednesday.The communique termed "inadmissible, unfounded and arbitrary" the decision by a number of European countries to deny flyover rights on Tuesday to a Bolivian plane carrying President Evo Morales and thought to possibly have Snowden aboard.

The plane had departed from Moscow, where Snowden is holed up, and eventually landed in Vienna, where it was searched by Austrian authorities looking for the man who last month revealed details of US surveillance programs.

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