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Bolivian president's plane leaves Vienna after deroutage on Snowden suspicions

Bolivia's ambassador to the United Nations denied Wednesday that the former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on plane with Bolivian President Evo Morales, media reports said.

An airplane carrying Morales was diverted to Vienna after taking off from Moscow Tuesday on suspicions that Edward Snowden was on board.

Currently, the plane has taken off from Vienna airport after a voluntary inspection by the Austrian authorities found no unauthorized people on board.

Austria's move was considered by Bolivia as an act of aggression and a violation of international law, media quoted Bolivia's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva as saying on Wednesday, adding that the ambassador will ask UN secretary general for explanation of the incident.

The plane was forced to land in the airport of Austrian capital after France and Portugal abruptly cancelled air permits for it, according to the reports.

The president's plane was informed by Spanish government to refuel on its island called Grna Canaria in the Atlantic to fly home, Austrian official said on Wednesday.

After waiting in Vienna international airport for over 10 hours, the Evo Morales's plane took off, heading to Islas Canarias, a Spanish Archipelago, in the east of Atlantic, near African, and will land on the Grna Canaria to refuel before flying back home.

[Source: Xinhua, Brussels, 03Jul13]

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