In eight minutes, the foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) provided further support to Ecuador in relation to the threats from the United Kingdom to Ecuador after it granted diplomatic asylum to Wikileaks’s founder, Julian Assange.
The meeting began at 15:22 GMT and it lasted 20 minutes. Seven items were proposed for consideration:
1. To express their solidarity and support to the Government of Ecuador after the threat of violation of its embassy.
2. To reaffirm the sovereign rights of the States to grant asylum.
3. To strongly condemn the threat of force between the States. To reiterate the full observance of the principles enshrined in international law, the respect for sovereignty and faithful compliance with international treaties.
4. To reaffirm the fundamental principle of the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions and consular posts and the obligation of receiving states, in relation to the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention of 1963 on Consular Resolutions.
5. To reaffirm the principle of international law under which no law can be invoked for not complying with the international obligation-as well is reflected in Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969.
6. To reiterate the relevance of the institutions of asylum and refuge to protect the human rights of people who feel that their life or physical integrity is threatened.
7. To urge the parties to continue dialogue and direct negotiations in pursuit of a mutually acceptable solution under international law. “
This show of support came a day after the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, ALBA, issue an official statement of the IX Political Council, which condemned the intimidating threats uttered by spokesmen of the Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain. (FL)