Argentina supported Ecuador’s decision to give political asylum to Assange
England, August 18, 2012
After the government of Ecuador gave political asylum in its embassy to the creator of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, the UK government threatened to break into the place to arrest him.
Meanwhile, the Argentine government expressed its solidarity with Ecuador and rejected the threat of Britain, noting that “it violates its obligation to comply with the Vienna Convention.”
The administration of Rafael Correa decided to grant diplomatic asylum to WikiLeaks founder in its embassy, triggering the reaction of the British government.
“Argentina rejects expressions of the UK government, threatening to storm the Embassy of Ecuador in London violating its obligation to comply with the Vienna Convention, which provides for the inviolability of diplomatic headquarters,” said a statement released by the Chancellery.
On the other hand, felt that “the threat delivered in written form by the British Embassy in Quito highlights once again the UK’s policy of ignoring the resolutions adopted by the multilateral agencies and the rules and laws of international law” and that “denying the institution of asylum and the inviolability of diplomatic headquarters is a step back in building a more civilized and respectful society beyond its economic and military power.”
Tomorrow, the Unasur foreign ministers will hold a meeting to consider the international situation after the decision of Ecuador. Assange is wanted by the authorities for trial for alleged sex crimes but remains lodged in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since last June 19.