Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

OAS Support for Ecuador

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

OAS Support for Ecuador

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As violent events were occurring in Ecuador on September 30, the OAS Permanent Council convened an extraordinary meeting in which member countries rejected any attempt to alter democratic order in that country and sent messages of support to the constitutional government of President Rafael Correa.

The session was convened by the Government of Ecuador, whose OAS representative Ambassador Maria Isabel Salvador provided details about the events unfolding in her country, describing them as "a clear effort to alter democratic institutionality" and thanking the international community for its support.

The Permanent Council passed a resolution making an "urgent call to the public security forces and to social and political sectors to avoid any violent action that could exacerbate a situation of political instability and threaten the institutional democratic order, social peace, and public security." The Council asked the OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza to offer "the full cooperation of the Organization, at request of the Government of Ecuador, in order to preserve democratic institutionality. …

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