Ecuador Calls on Latin America to Confront British Threat

Prensa Latina

Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, said today that this week an urgent meeting could finally be held, at the request of Quito, between several regional bodies following the British threat of entering its London embassy.

The diplomat confirmed the call to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) and the Organization of American States (OAS), given the possibility that the UK may invade the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Julian Assange.

Patiño said the Secretary Generals and President of the three agencies welcomed Quito’s request, for which he expects the UNASUR and ALBA meetintg could take place on Saturday and Sunday in this country.

Regarding the OAS, he said Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, stated he will convene an extraordinary meeting in the coming days to assess the request.

Patiño evaluated the possibility of going to The Hague International Court to solve this situation if the British government refuses to grant Assange safe conduct to leave the embassy and travel to Ecuador, following the granting of asylum on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the British government stated in its Aide Memoire to Quito that it will not give permission for Assange to travel to Ecuador, after remaining in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as from June 19 this year.

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