The mediation proposal on the Assange case “has not enhanced”

Conversatorio con agencias internacionales de prensa
Conversatorio con agencias internacionales de prensa

Quito, February 23, 2018

Ecuador’s proposal to the United Kingdom for a mediation on the case of Julian Assange “has not enhanced,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Maria Fernanda Espinosa. “To mediate you need two parties, Ecuador is willing, but not necessarily the other party”, she explained.

The minister pointed out that, given the new situation, the rights of the founder of WikiLeaks will continue to be protected, while there is a risk that his physical and psychological integrity could be violated. Assange has been a refugee for almost six years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The Foreign minister, however, said that the country is aware that the United Kingdom´s justice must be respected. She stressed that beyond Assange´s situation there is a good relationship with that nation, “we build a bilateral agenda, we have many common interests, such as economic and commercial”.

Ecuador, through a legal team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has analyzed more than 30 similar cases in the world to find a solution. Among them, the ministry studied the case of the British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, sentenced by Iran to five years in prison, on charges related to security, and for which the British Government considered granting diplomatic protection.

The Foreign minister also reminded that Assange has complied with the written commitment not to intervene or comment on issues of Ecuadorian politics and, in general, of any other country.