In Assange Standoff, Britain Ends Siege of Ecuador's Embassy

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
08/27/2012
       
In Assange Standoff, Britain Ends Siege of Ecuador's Embassy

 Metro London police are standing down and will not be storming Ecuador’s embassy according to a statement made by Ecuador’s President Rafeal Correa. "We consider this unfortunate incident over, after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy," Correa said on Saturday in a weekly media address.

Metro London police are standing down and will not be storming Ecuador’s embassy according to a statement made by Ecuador’s President Rafeal Correa (pictured). "We consider this unfortunate incident over, after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy," Correa said on Saturday in a weekly media address.

The conflict began after Correa granted diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

Various outlets are reporting that on Saturday the British Foreign Office informed Quito that the diplomatic standoff was over and there was no longer a threat to enter the embassy.

This announcement came one day after representatives from the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) meeting at its Washington, D.C. headquarters called on Great Britain and Ecuador to end their stalemate. The resolution passed by the hemispheric bloc supported the “inviolability of diplomatic missions.”

Under pressure from the United States, Canada, Panama, and others, all specific references to the British threat to the Ecuadorian embassy in London were stricken from the OAS statement. The U.S. opposed the passage of any motion on the matter, insisting that the OAS meeting was not the best place to hammer out an agreement between two nations, especially when one of the parties is not a member of the group.

The war of words began on August 16 after Ecuador decided to grant asylum to Assange.

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Photo of Rafeal Correa: AP Images

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