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Mexico wants UN to suspend Ecuador over its police raid on the Mexican embassy in Quito

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s president said Thursday that his country is asking the United Nations to remove Ecuador from the world organization as part of its appeal to the U.N. Supreme Court over last week’s attack on the Mexican embassy in Quito. Stated.

Tensions between Mexico and Ecuador have been rising since last weekend, when Ecuadorian authorities forced their way into a diplomatic mission abroad to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Grasse, who had barricaded himself there seeking asylum in Mexico. .

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Mexico on Thursday filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands asking the United Nations to suspend Ecuador, but a UN spokesperson in New York said it was up to other member states to decide whether to suspend a country. Ta.

President Andres Manuel López Obrador slammed Ecuador at a press conference in Mexico City, saying the court “should approve deportations in accordance with the UN Charter and the UN Security Council should not have a veto.” No,” he said.

People protest in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in Mexico City, Saturday, April 6, 2024. The Mexican government severed diplomatic relations with Ecuador after police invaded the Mexican embassy to arrest the former Ecuadorian vice president. (AP Photo/Ginette Riquelme)

President López Obrador said Mexico wants a public apology from Ecuador for the attack, compensation and a promise not to do it again. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Gabriela Sommerfeld said her country defended its actions and that her apology was “not being discussed at this time.”

The two countries have been at odds over Glass, a convicted criminal on the run, since he took refuge in the Mexican embassy in December.

Ecuador maintains that Gras was targeted for a crime, not for political reasons, and that Mexico should not have considered granting him asylum. On April 5, Ecuadorian police climbed the walls of the embassy and entered the building.

Roberto Canseco, Mexico’s consular chief and the highest-ranking diplomat present since Ecuador expelled its ambassador earlier in the week, went so far as to push a large cabinet in front of the door to block their entry. And so. However, as police carried Glass away, they restrained him and forced him to the floor.

A copy of Mexico’s formal complaint filed with the ICJ states that “Mr. Canseco was assaulted in the embassy library,” adding, “As a result, he suffered injuries to his arms, legs, face, back, and neck. He was injured and suffered psychological damage.” . ”

“Any United Nations member state that persistently violates the principles contained therein may be expelled from the United Nations,” the complaint alleges.

The court asked the court to “suspend Ecuador’s status as a member of the United Nations” until it makes “a public apology acknowledging its violation of the fundamental principles and norms of international law” and agrees to make reparations.

“The question of suspension of membership is outlined in the[United Nations]Charter and is a matter for member states to decide,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday.

Mexican and foreign experts say the attack on the embassy appears to have been a blatant violation of international agreements. In response, Mexico severed diplomatic relations with Ecuador. Latin American leaders accused Ecuador’s actions of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

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On Tuesday, Ecuador’s Deputy Minister of Human Migration, Alejandro Davalos, told representatives of the Organization of American States gathered in Washington, D.C., that Mr. Gras does not meet the requirements for asylum from Mexico and is facing political persecution. He said it was unthinkable.

However, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro pointed out that “the use of force, illegal entry into diplomatic missions, and detention of defectors are not peaceful ways to resolve this situation.” He said Ecuador’s actions cannot be allowed to become a precedent.

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