May 22, 2013
Unasur backs Ecuador, calls for dialogue in Assange case
The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) called for dialogue to solve the crisis between Ecuador and Great Britain regarding the diplomatic asylum granted by the andean country to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in its embassy in London.
Foreign ministers of the bloc, who are met in Guayaquil, expressed their "solidarity and support to Ecuador" and urged both countries “to keep talks in order to find a mutually acceptable solution”, according to a document read by Unasur Secretary General Alí Rodríguez.
The ministers declared their solidarity and support to Ecuador’s government as it faces the threat of the violation of its diplomatic venue in London, and reiterated Ecuador’s sovereign right to grant asylum.
Likewise, they blasted the threat of use of force between states and recalled "the principle of international law, by which the UK cannot hold to domestic law in order not to abide by an obligation of international law.”
Foreign Ministers of Ecuador (Ricardo Patiño), Venezuela (Nicolás Maduro), Colombia (María Angela Holguín), Uruguay (Luis Almagro), Peru (Rafael Rocagliolo) and Argentina (Héctor Timerman) took part of the meeting.