Pro tem translation of official statement by Ecuador on Julian Assange vis a vis Sweden, UK:
At the prescibing today of three of the four cases opened by the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office on citizen Julian Assange, confined in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the National Government states the following:
It regrets that closure for Mr. Assange has already been prolonged for more than three years.
It notes with satisfaction that the Swedish Penal guarantees have prevented the continued prolongation of a case whose paralysis has affected effective judicial protection for the Asylee, although it would have preferred that these three now prescribed charges had been clarified long ago and in time to see justice done. To this effect, the Government of Ecuador highlights again that on 31 occasions during the last three years it has said it was available to facilitate the legal proceedings opened in Sweden.
Whilst it welcomes the recent receptiveness shown by Sweden for talks with Ecuador, aimed at realising judicial cooperation between the two States, it deplores continued British and Swedish authorities’ inaction for nearly a thousand days of the Asylee’s stay in the Embassy – time in which both have ignored the proposals and calls of the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry to the dialogue.
It now looks to the upcoming talks with the Swedish authorities with the conviction and the commitment to both respect and ensure respect for human rights – including the status in international law afforded to political asylum – as well as with the aim of reaching an agreement that will resolve in good faith the legitimate expectations of the parties.