|Republic of Ecuador|
Embassy in London
threatened by UK officials
Excerpt, minor editing by Carolyn Bennett
|Universal Declaration of |
The Government of Ecuador trusts that the United Kingdom will offer as soon as possible the guarantees of safe conduct necessary and pertinent to the situation of the asylum requester, so their Governments [Ecuador and the UK] can with their actions honor the fidelity they owe to the international laws and institutions that both nations have contributed to shaping along their common history.
The Government of Ecuador also trusts to maintain inalterable the excellent bonds of friendship and mutual respect that unite Ecuador and the United Kingdom and their respective people, confident as they are in the promotion and defense of the same principles and values, and because they share similar concerns about democracy, peace, Good Living, which can only be possible if the fundamental rights of all people are respected.
Republic of Ecuador, http://www.mmrree.gob.ec/eng/2012/com042.asp
UK fails to respond
Such guarantees include that once his legal responsibilities [are met] in Sweden he would not be extradited to a third country; this is, the guarantee that the specialty figure will not be applied.
Sweden fails to engage
Julian Assange’s lawyers requested the Swedish justice to take statements of Julian Assange in the premises of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Ecuador translated officially to the Swedish authorities its will to facilitate this interview with the purpose of not intervening or [thwarting] the judicial process that is carried out in Sweden. This is a perfectly legal and possible measure. Sweden did not accept it.
On the other hand, Ecuador searched the possibility that the Swedish Government would establish guarantees to avoid the onward extradition of Assange to the United States. Again, the Swedish Government rejected any commitment on that sense.
United States fails to respond
Finally, Ecuador directed a communication to the Government of the United States to know officially its position on the Assange’s case. The consultations referred to the following:
The answer of the United States has been that they cannot offer information on the Assange’s case, with the allegation that it is a bilateral matter between Ecuador and the United Kingdom.