Ecuador is studying the possibility of mediation to resolve the situation of WikiLeaks founder, the Australian Julian Assange, asylum in the Andean country’s embassy in London, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa informed today.
“We have a huge interest in achieving a definitive solution for the Assange case and for that to happen, we are in permanent dialogue with the Government of the United Kingdom and we are exploring several options to find a way out of this situation,” said in a statement meeting with the foreign press.
The head of Ecuadorian diplomacy said they are “also considering and exploring the possibility of mediation” and noted that “none of these emblematic cases worldwide on asylum issues have been resolved without the cooperation of the countries involved and, sometimes, , the mediation of a third country “.
Espinosa said that the mediation they study may be from a third country or a personality. “We are exploring alternatives, but we believe that we really have to push the matter a little and look for solutions. No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and without the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown an interest in seeking an exit, “he said. Asked about Assange’s health, the chancellor asked the journalists “how would you feel after five and a half years of being in a small office, unable to catch the sun and breathe fresh air?”.
“Even people in detention centers can go out to the playground, play sports. That does not happen with Julian Assange, his condition of confinement is very complicated, “he stressed at the time of noting that the protection of the Ecuadorian Government to the Australian” remains unchanged. ” And he remarked: “We will continue to protect Julian Assange while his physical and psychological integrity is in danger. We are a country that defends human rights, a country that also respects international law. ” The situation of Assange, from the human point of view “is not sustainable, cannot live a person in these conditions forever, and we are looking very, very respectful with the United Kingdom to see mechanisms of solution,” said the chancellor .
Assange served five years last summer in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been isolated since June 19, 2012. The activist was required since 2010 by the Swedish authorities due to accusations, which he denies, of two women of course sexual abuse but Sweden closed the case by failing to advance the investigation. Even so, he remains under asylum for fear that he will be arrested by the British authorities and deported to the US, where he fears being judged for the publication of military and diplomatic documents of a confidential nature. (I)