Ecuador Assesses Strategies to Get Safe-conduct for Assange

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The Ecuadorian government expects the Organization of American States (OAS) to condemn the UK’s warning on Friday, as UNASUR and ALBA did before.Ecuadorian Deputy Foreign Minister Marco Albuja said that his government is assessing strategies to go to international juridical institutions and have the United Kingdom grant a safe-conduct to Australian citizen Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, to leave London.

Albuja pointed out that the International Court in The Hague is one of those institutions to which Ecuador may go so that Assange can get a safe-conduct and the Ecuadorian government’s will to grant him asylum be fulfilled.

The deputy foreign minister told Prensa Latina that if Sweden guarantees that Assange will not be extradited to the United States, he might decide on his condition of asylum in Ecuador.

He noted that the Australian activist could reject the asylum and travel to Sweden to testify on alleged sex crimes.

Otherwise, he would have the option, under the same status, to testify on Swedish territory or the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has stayed since June 19, when he requested asylum for fear of being extradited to the United States and sentenced to death.

Albuja told reporters that only Assange could decide about what to do in each case. “Don’t forget that his life is at stake and he has an opinion in that regard,” he pointed out.

As long as he does not make a decision, the Ecuadorian government is seeking legal alternatives to solve this crisis, which began after the United Kingdom issued a note threatening to raid the Ecuadorian in London to arrest Assange.

The deputy foreign minister confirmed that groups of jurists are working to exhaust all legal recourses at international institutions like the United Nations Security Council and the International Court in The Hague to get a safe-conduct for the Australian journalist to leave London.

At present, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño is on an international tour to explain the reasons why Ecuador granted asylum to Assange and the demand to the United Kingdom to withdraw its threat to raid the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The Ecuadorian government expects the Organization of American States (OAS) to condemn the UK’s warning on Friday, as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) did before.

 

(Taken from PL)

 

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