OAS rejects Ecuador's raid on the embassy in Mexico

OAS rejects Ecuador's raid on the embassy in Mexico

After becoming aware of raid that the Ecuadorian police carried out on the Mexican embassy to arrest the former vice president of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OE) He spoke out rejecting the facts and alleging this to a possible violation of the international standard codified in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“The General Secretariat rejects any action that violates or puts at risk the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions and reiterates the obligation that all States have not to invoke norms of domestic law to justify non-compliance with their international obligations. In this context , expresses solidarity with those who were victims of the inappropriate actions that affected the Mexican Embassy in Ecuador. The OAS was also recently the victim of a similar attack in Managua and neither in that case nor in this one are admissible ambiguities, but rather the fullest coherence with International Law.

The raid occurred hours later that Mexico granted political asylum to Glas, who had been in the embassy since December due to an arrest warrant against him from the Ecuadorian authorities. Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry had previously said it rejected the increased presence of Ecuadorian police officers outside its embassy and called for its sovereignty to be respected.

Faced with this, the OAS explained that the nations of the Americas have reaffirmed in the OAS Charter that “international law is the norm of conduct of States in their reciprocal relations” and, in that sense, strict compliance by part of all States of the norms that regulate the protection, the respect and inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions and consular offices, which have been codified in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, of April 18, 1961, in particular the provisions of its article 22, and in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, of April 24, 1963, in particular the provisions of its article 31.

The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, spoke out on the issue, saying that “the Vienna convention and the sovereignty of Mexico in Ecuador have been broken. I insist again that Latin America and the Caribbean, whatever the social and political constructions in each country, the precepts of international law must be kept alive in the midst of the barbarism that is advancing in the world and the democratic pact within the continent,” he communicated through his X account.

Finally, the OAS called for dialogue between the parties to resolve their differences. “A meeting of the OAS Permanent Council is deemed necessary to address the issue and based on the principles enshrined in international law, such as respect for sovereignty, the peaceful resolution of disputes, the peaceful coexistence of States, the renunciation of resorting to the threat or use of force to resolve conflicts and the faithful and strict compliance with international treaties, among others. They are the ones who guarantee the Right to Asylum,” they said in an official statement.