South Americans alarmed at alleged US spying

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Associated Press

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 12:33 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Foreign ministers from the South American trade bloc Mercosur are expressing their indignation to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at alleged U.S. spying in the region and throughout the world.

Venezuela Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, whose country holds the rotating Mercosur presidency, told reporters Monday that the alleged spying revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden violates international law and has serious implications for the political stability of countries.

Regional leaders were outraged last month week by reports that a U.S. spy program is widely targeting data in emails and telephone calls across Latin America.

The ministers discussed with Ban the statement from their presidents adopted on July 12 which calls for U.N. members to propose ways to prevent such spying and to pursue sanctions, presumably against the United States.

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