Latin American countries on the side of Ecuador

A lot of hype has risen over the past week around Julian Assange. It almost came to an international scandal.

Foreign Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have encouraged Ecuador and the United Kingdom to continue their dialogue on the Julian Assange case and expressed support for Ecuador.

As indicated in a UNASUR communique entitled “A Declaration in Support of Ecuador,” drawn up after an emergency meeting of the organization in Ecuador’s capital on Monday night Moscow time, the organization’s members express “their solidarity and support for the Ecuadorian government.”

In addition, the document expressed "condemnation of the threat of the use of force in relations between states" and the desire to "comply with the principles of international law regarding sovereignty" of Ecuador. The meeting also emphasized "the importance of the institution of political asylum for protecting the rights of people who believe that their life or health is in danger."

“The parties should continue the dialogue in order to reach a solution acceptable to both parties,” the communiqué further states.
Ecuador last Thursday called on UNASUR to hold an emergency meeting in connection with Britain’s intention to deprive the diplomatic status of the building of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Participants in the UNASUR meeting were to discuss “threats that are unacceptable” for Ecuador.

UNASUR includes 12 Latin American states, and another three countries - Cuba, Mexico and Panama - have observer status in this organization.

Earlier, British authorities warned Ecuador that they could deprive the embassy of diplomatic status because it was no longer used exclusively for the purposes of its mission. However, due to the growing scandal between the two countries, the Foreign Office later said that London, although it would not provide Assange with the right to leave the country safely, was not going to forcibly enter the territory of the Embassy of Ecuador.

On August 16, Ecuador announced that it was providing political asylum to WiliLeaks founder Julian Assange. “The government has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr. Assange,” said Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patinho. “The government examined all the facts and arguments presented by Assange. He may be a victim of political persecution, ”added Patigno.

A loud scandal surrounding the WikiLeaks portal broke out after the publication of documents of the US diplomatic service on the site. The confidential materials posted on the website on November 29, 2010 contained, in particular, very unflattering remarks about world leaders. Prior to this, WikiLeaks has published tens of thousands of documents on the actions of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The other day Assange turned to Obama, from the balcony of the embassy:

Julian Assange called the modern world "dangerous for journalists" and defended freedom of speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. First of all, he thanked the President and people of Ecuador for providing him with asylum.

"I urge President Obama to do the right thing. The United States should abandon the witch hunt for the Wikileaks site. The United States must promise the world that they will not prosecute reporters for shedding light on the secret crimes of those in power."

Assange also thanked those who had been visiting the Ecuadorian Embassy all this time to express their support, despite the British authorities' intention to storm the building. He stated that such an attempt was even made on Wednesday night.

"Being in the silence and darkness of the embassy, ​​I could hear groups of policemen trying to enter the building, making their way through the fire escape and emergency exits," Assange said.

Based on materials: RIA-News and Euronews