President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed support for Mexico in the diplomatic dispute against Ecuador after the invasion of the Mexican embassy in Quito last Friday (5). Ecuador police officers used force to invade and arrest former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Glas, who had been taking refuge there since December. The invasion occurred on the same day that Mexico granted political asylum to Glas, a decision that deepened diplomatic tension between the two countries.

In a telephone call with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on Tuesday afternoon (9), Lula stated that the episode represented a “serious breach of international law” and said that Brazil will follow the discussion on the issue in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) that will meet on Friday (12) to discuss possible sanctions on Ecuador.

In a press release, Planalto reported that the Mexican president thanked Brazil for its solidarity and highlighted that, in addition to the discussions at Celac, Mexico will take the issue of the embassy invasion to the International Court of Justice.

On Tuesday (9), López Obrador released recordings of the internal circuit of the country’s embassy in Quito at the moment it was invaded by Ecuadorian police forces.

The images show former Ecuadorian vice-president Jorge Glas being attacked, while the head of the chancellery, Roberto Canseco, is also detained and attacked by Ecuadorian police officers. “We will not remain silent. There is a campaign against me promoted by local and international conservative groups,” declared the Mexican president at a press conference on Tuesday (9).

In addition to Celac and the International Court of Justice, the case must also be taken to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the UN Security Council.

Editing: Vivian Virissimo


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