ALBA Countries Reject British Threats on Ecuadorian Embassy in London
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 in London.
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 outlets 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.