Latest: Mexico asks UN to expel Equador following embassy raid 
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Mexico has lodged a formal complaint with United Nation’s top court to expel Ecuador from the UN, in response to an armed raid on its embassy in Quito last week. 

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice on Thursday, calling Ecuador’s actions a violation of international law.

“The court, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, should approve the expulsion, and there should be no veto,” Lopez Obrador said at a news conference.

Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena reiterated the president’s remarks, emphasizing that Ecuador must be held responsible for “flagrant violation of the inviolability of our embassy and attacks on our staff.” 

“The letter and spirit of international law is the guide for our steps,” she wrote on X social media platform on Thursday.

Mexico’s appeal to the top court comes days after security forces stormed the embassy in Quito late on April 5 to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, wanted on corruption charges. He had been granted asylum by Mexico.

Glas had been seeking refuge at the Mexican embassy since December. Obrador had offered him political asylum in Mexico just before his arrest on Friday.

Following his apprehension, Glas, 54, was transported to a high-security penitentiary located in Guayaquil, a prominent port city in Ecuador. This particular facility has gained notoriety due to its history of volatile prison uprisings and the prevalence of drug-related gang conflicts.

The raid incited a wave of global disapproval and censure towards Equador, subsequently causing a diplomatic rift between the two Latin American countries.

Embassies are recognized as secure areas. Despite not being classified as “foreign soil,” international law designates them as areas that local law enforcement cannot enter.

“The premises of the (diplomatic) mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission,” says the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Meanwhile, Ecuador defended its decision to storm Mexico’s embassy, and the administration of President Daniel Noboa has raised doubts regarding whether Glas fulfilled the criteria for obtaining political asylum, and it has restated its dedication to combating corruption domestically.

Honduras announced on Thursday that Latin American leaders are scheduled to convene a virtual conference in the upcoming week.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro said Monday the leaders would consider a proposal for the “firm condemnation” of Ecuador’s actions and possible sanctions.

Source: Presstv

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