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article imageUK withdraws threat to raid Ecuador's London embassy

By Anne Sewell     Aug 26, 2012 in World
Quito - On Friday, the OAS met and signed a resolution to support Ecuador in both its asylum grant to Julian Assange and the threat to its sovereignty by the U.K. Now the U.K. has withdrawn its threat to raid the London embassy.
On August 25, Digital Journal reported that the Organization of American States had met on Friday to discuss Ecuador's ongoing diplomatic problem with the U.K. At that meeting, OAS members, with the exception of the U.S. and Canada, reaffirmed their “respect of sovereignty” and denounced “the use of force in solving conflicts.”
In a letter to Ecuador, Britain had threatened to raid their London embassy to arrest Assange and extradite him to Sweden for questioning on alleged sexual charges, despite the fact that Ecuador has granted Assange asylum in that country.
The letter received by Ecuador read, "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the U.K., 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. We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange's presence in your premises, this is an open option for us."
One day after Ecuador received the support of the majority of the OAS countries, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has announced that the U.K. has withdrawn its threat to raid Ecuador's London embassy, which will ease tensions between the two countries.
Ecuador's government has received "a communication from the British Foreign Office which said that there was no threat to enter the embassy."
President Correa said in a weekly media statement, "We consider this unfortunate incident over, after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy."
The only hurdle now outstanding is that the U.K. refuses to grant safe passage to Julian Assange to leave the U.K. and travel to Ecuador.
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