Ecuador expresses its concern for inadequate response to “serious incident” in its embassy in London

24.08.2016 - Quito, Ecuador - ANDES, Agencia pública de noticias del Ecuador y Suramérica

Ecuador expresses its concern for inadequate response to “serious incident” in its embassy in London
Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy (Image by Snapperjack for Wikimedia Commons)

Quito,  Aug 23 (Andes).- The Ecuadorian government expressed Tuesday its concern for the inadequate response by British Authorities after the “serious incident” reported on the 22nd in the embassy in London, when a man attempted to get inside the building where Julian Assange has been holed up.

“The Ecuadorian government expresses its concern for the inadequate response by British Authorities who arrived at the embassy more than two hours after the incident,” an official statement of the Foreign Ministry reads.

The document affirms the diplomatic staff has offered the UK Diplomatic Police evidence for the clarification of this serious incident.

It also states that according to the agreement with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), the receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage; therefore, in this case, security of the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK is responsibility of British Authorities.

It adds the Ecuadorian government “regrets that despite the enormous resources the British government has used to prevent Julian Assange from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, authorities did not respond quickly to this unauthorized attempt to enter the premises, which represents an extremely serious incident.”

On this matter, the Ecuadorian government expressed its will to cooperate with the UK security forces to prevent future incidents and renewed its commitment to protect life and the physical integrity of the Australian citizen who has been holed up in the embassy since 2012.

Assange cannot travel to Ecuador because the UK government has alleged its obligation is to detain him to send him to Sweden where he is wanted over rape allegations he denies.

Recently, Ecuador let Sweden question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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