The government of Ecuador defended itself before the OAS

The government of Ecuador defended itself before the OAS after violently bursting into the headquarters of the Mexican embassy to arrest former president Jorge Glas.

The Government of Ecuador defended itself before the Organization of American States (OAS) after the police raid on the Mexican Embassy in Quito, accusing the administration of Manuel López Obrador of promoting impunity for having sheltered the former Ecuadorian vice-president Jorge Glas, accused of corruption.

Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Human Mobility, Alejandro Dávalos, argued before the Permanent Council of the OAS, based in Washington, that Mexico hindered the “functioning of the Ecuadorian judicial system” by granting political asylum to Glas.

The Government of Ecuador defended itself by claiming that Jorge Glas, who was vice president in the government of former socialist President Rafael Correa (2007-2017), is the subject of two sentences for illicit association and bribery and the target of an arrest warrant for the crime of embezzlement.

 “The Mexican embassy did not consider and belittled these (judicial) aspects by allowing Mr. Glas to remain in its premises, impeding the functioning of the Ecuadorian judicial system,” said Ecuador’s deputy foreign minister, Alejandro Davalos before the OAS.

He indicated that the Ecuadorian Government, presided by Daniel Noboa, tried on multiple occasions to communicate to Mexico that Glas was required by the Ecuadorian Justice.

“We expected that Mexico would arrange the departure of Glas, who did not meet the requirements for asylum and who in no way can be considered a political persecuted person,” the Ecuadorian official stressed.

The government of Ecuador defended itself before the OAS for the assault on the Mexican embassy

The Government of Ecuador defended itself and Dávalos pointed out to the Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of violating “the fundamental principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other States” by questioning the “legitimacy of the 2023 elections in Ecuador”.

The asylum granted “may respond to assessments of political affinity but not of legal and diplomatic nature”, said Dávalos in the extraordinary meeting convened by his country.

Davalos assured that Ecuador wants to “resume bilateral relations” and “overcome the current situation” and called on the OAS to “collaborate constructively” to find a solution that satisfies both parties.

Last Friday, the Ecuadorian police broke into the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest Glas, who was under a preventive detention order for a case of alleged corruption.


The decision of the Mexican government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to offer Glas protection, the vice minister added, was a “political” action.

On the facts, Ecuadorian policemen entered the Mexican embassy, an act that was criticized by several Latin American, European and US governments, considering that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which establishes that foreign diplomatic missions are inviolable, was violated.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, reiterated this Tuesday before the Permanent Council the rejection by the Pan-American organization of Ecuador’s actions and pointed out that what happened in Quito “cannot remain as a precedent”.

Mexico’s representative to the organization, Luz Elena Baños, did not participate in the emergency meeting of the OAS on Tuesday, since it was called by Ecuador.

The United States, for its part, condemned “the use of force against officials of the Mexican embassy” in Ecuador, after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador complained about his initially lukewarm reaction to the assault that led him to break off relations with Quito.

The US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, assured that “the Ecuadorian government ignored its obligations under international law as a host state to respect” that principle and “jeopardized the foundations of basic diplomatic norms and relations”.


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