Countries Reject British Threats on Ecuadorian Embassy in
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 17 (ACN) The
Countries with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of
our America (ALBA) issued a communiqué strongly rejecting
British threats on the integrity of the Ecuadorian embassy
The communiqué, published on Granma daily, reads that the
statements by British government’s spokesperson on the
Julian Assange case threaten with violating the Vienna
Convention on the Privileges and Immunities, which would
disregard international obligations.
In a recent press conference, Ecuadorian foreign minister
Ricardo Patino denounced the expressed intentions by British
authorities to invade the diplomatic mission with the aim of
taking out Julian Assange, who remains inside the building
and was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government.
Patino released a letter sent to the Ecuadorian government
by British authorities reading: "You need to be aware that
there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular
Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in
order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the
Embassy, international media oulets reported.
The group of Latin American and Caribbean countries warned
the U.K of the serious consequences that the implementation
of its threats would bring against bilateral relations with
the regional integration bloc.
All eight countries with the ALBA expressed their solidarity
with Ecuador and they announced an upcoming ministerial
meeting. The ALBA is made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua,
Ecuador, Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines.