ALBA Countries Support Ecuador against British Threats
Havana, Aug 17 (RHC) The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) strongly rejected the threats launched by Great Britain against Ecuador’s embassy in London. In a communiqué issued on Thursday, the ALBA countries warned Britain about the serious consequences of its threats in terms of its relations with the regional bloc, and announced an extraordinary ministerial meeting on the issue.
Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patiño denounced the expressed
intentions by British authorities to invade the diplomatic mission
with the goal of capturing Julian Assange, who was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government, and remains inside the embassy.
Patiño 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.
Patiño announced on Thursday his government decision to grant asylum to the Australian journalist. British authorities insist on their goal of extraditing Assange to Sweden to be questioned about on alleged charges of “rape and sexual assault.”