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OAS Analyzes Ecuador-UK Dispute due to Assange Case

Washington, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Foreign ministers of countries belonging to the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed today here a resolution on the lawsuit between Ecuador and the United Kingdom for the case of the Australian journalist Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

The meeting was called on Friday, August 17, at a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council with 23 votes for, including all South American countries, five abstentions, and three against: United States, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Discussion will focus on the situation between Ecuador and the United Kingdom concerning the inviolability of Ecuadorian diplomatic premises in London, under the international law.

Quito’s representative at the OAS, Maria Isabel Salvador, said that if the United States and Canada voted against, it means that they do not agree with the defense of the principle of the inviolability and that is serious for everyone, not only for the OAS, but also the whole world.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa seeks the continent’s support to the British executive’s threat of entering its embassy in London, where Assange took refuge on June 19 to avoid his extradition to Sweden, a country which claims him for alleged sex crimes.

Ecuador granted the founder of WikiLeaks political asylum on August 19, considering that he did not receive assurances from the UK and Sweden that will not be extradited to the United States, where Assange believes that his life is in danger.


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