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LatAm countries back Ecuador in Assange case (2)


16:31, August 17, 2012

Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro also urged Britain to "respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and to guarantee the privileges, inviolability and immunity of Ecuador's embassy."

On the same day, Bolivia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a British raid on Ecuador's embassy would be "unacceptable aggression," calling on regional organizations to hold talks on the issue to avoid any escalation.

Assange has stayed in Ecuador's embassy in London for fear of being extradited by the British government to Sweden for two sexual assault charges.

It was feared that Stockholm would hand Assange over to the United States, where he may face death penalty if being convicted of releasing tens of thousands of secret documents on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Washington has been angered by the leaks of Assange's WikiLeaks website, saying the act would endanger U.S. national security.

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