Nicaragua breaks Diplomatic Relations with Ecuador ; See the reason.

Nicaragua has cut “all diplomatic relations” with Ecuador after police forcibly broke into the Mexican Embassy in Quito and arrested former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who had sought political asylum there.

Diplomatic premises are considered foreign soil and “inviolable” under the Vienna treaties and host country law enforcement agencies are not allowed to enter without the permission of the ambassador.

Authorities are investigating Glas over alleged irregularities during his management of reconstruction efforts following a powerful earthquake in 2016 that killed hundreds of people.

Glas sought political asylum at the embassy after he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges in other cases, and Mexico granted him asylum hours before the raid.

Ecuadorian police had late Friday broke through the external doors of the embassy in the capital, Quito, to arrest Jorge Glas, who had been residing there since December.

The operation in Quito led Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to immediately break off diplomatic ties with Ecuador for what he described as a “flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty of Mexico.”

The statement noted that Nicaragua had withdrawn its ambassador from Quito in 2020, after the Ecuadorian government withdrew support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had taken refuge for seven years.

Presidents from Latin America have unanimously spoken out against the raid by Ecuadorian police on the Mexican Embassy on Friday night.

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric voiced support for Lopez Obrador, expressing his “deep concern” about the violation of the right to asylum, citing the Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in force since 1961, which established the inviolability of mission premises and that “the agents of the receiving State may not enter them without consent.”

Colombian President Gustavo Petro also spoke out about the diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Mexico, saying his country would promote an action by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in favor of Glas, who had been in the Mexican Embassy since Dec. 17 and who “had his right to asylum violated in a barbaric way.”

The Colombian Foreign Ministry has asked the current temporary president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Honduras to convene an extraordinary meeting to address the matter.

The presidents of Honduras, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina all expressed regret over the decision of the Ecuadorian government.

Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations, Alicia Bárcena, on Friday posted on the social media platform X that a number of diplomats suffered injuries during the break-in, which she said violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Bárcena said Mexico would take the case to the International Court of Justice “to denounce Ecuador’s responsibility for violations of international law”.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Gabriela Sommerfeld on Saturday told reporters that the decision to enter the embassy was made by President Daniel Noboa after considering Glas’ “imminent flight risk” and exhausting all possibilities for diplomatic dialogue with Mexico.

Noboa became Ecuador’s president last year as the nation battled unprecedented crime tied to drug trafficking.

He declared the country in an “internal armed conflict” in January and designated 20 drug-trafficking gangs as terrorist groups that the military had authorization to “neutralize” within the bounds of international humanitarian law.

His tenure ends in 2025 as he was only elected to finish the term of former President Guillermo Lasso.
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