Saturday, August 18, 2012

Americas weigh UK threat to enter Ecuador's embassy

The Organisation of American States jumps into the diplomatic row over Julian Assange and the inviolability of the Ecuadorian embassy as the WikiLeaks founder prepares to address the crowd on Sunday.

Foreign ministers across the Americas are to meet on Friday to discuss Britain's threat to revoke the Ecuadorian embassy's consular status and arrest the 41-year-old WikiLeaks founder for extradition to Sweden.

José Miguel Insulza, OAS secretary general, said ministers will address: "the inviolability of diplomatic missions of all members of this organisation, something that is of interest to all of us."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Ecuador's diplomatic immunity should not be used to harbour an alleged criminal. Mr Assange has not be charged but is wanted for questioning in Sweden to answer a rape allegation. Read More