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Friday, February 15, 2008

Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly Defends Sovereignty

Montecristi, Ecuador, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly is defending a defined concept of sovereignty, which is the foundation of the future Constitution.

Supported by 12 assembly members, Commission 9 on International Relations and Latin American Integration stated the meaning of sovereignty.

After several weeks of debate, and considering the proposals and stances by national institutions, the commission reached consensus on the issue, according to a spokesperson for the Assembly.

The concept highlights the presence and participation of men and women from all corners of the country, and promotes Latin America and international integration.

According to the document, "Ecuador's sovereignty lies in our citizens, communities, peoples and nations, who are committed to building a common project of life."

The country's independence guarantees freedom, welfare and individual and collective development, in addition to safeguarding the territory's full integrity, protecting and promoting cultural diversity and identities, and reflecting that context.

This is the Assembly's first definition, which paves the way to draw up the new Constitution, which will be completed on May 24.

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