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Friday, October 01, 2010

OAS meets to discuss Ecuador's situation as Argentina, Perú call for UNASUR meeting

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) began an extraordinary session in which members approved a resolution project in order to "decidedly support the constitutional government" of Ecuador.

The meeting began at 3:05 pm (local time) and gathered representatives of neighbouring countries belonging to the hemispheric organization, in a meeting convened due to the police and military protests in the Andean country.

The resolution "repudiates any intent of altering the democratic institutionalism of Ecuador" and makes "an energetic call to Ecuador's public force and political sectors to avoid any type of violent acts that could generate a situation of political instability."

The meeting began with a review of the events that have occurred in the last few hours in Ecuador on behalf of its ambassador before the OAS, María Isabel Salvador, who assured that these "cannot, in any way, be considered as simple union acts or public protests."

The resolution, which was presented to the Council by Peruvian Ambassador Hugo de Zela, is cosponsored by 17 Latin American countries and was immediately approved.

In addition, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Peruvian President Alan García agreed to hold a meeting with UNASUR foreign ministers in Piura, which borders Ecuador, to show support for Rafael Correa's democratic government after the attempted coup d'etat.

"I told Fernández de Kirchner about the idea of meeting with UNASUR foreign ministers in order to show as much support as possible for Ecuador and help in whatever way necessary," said García from the government headquarters after he spoke via telephone with Fernández de Kirchner.

"This is a painful event," led by the violent groups that still remain active in Latin America, said García.

He also mentioned "the energetic rejection from the part of the Peruvian government towards any institutional rupture."

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