South America

Ecuador expresses concern over Assange

Ecuador's ambassador in London has expressed his concerns over Britain's response to Julian Assange's case.

Ecuador's ambassador in London has met a British Foreign Office minister and expressed concern over the government's position on Julian Assange.

Carlos Abad spent more than an half an hour with MP Hugo Swire discussing the case of the WikiLeaks founder, who has been staying at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for more than three years.

The Australian is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations, which he denies, but believes if he goes he will be extradited to the United States over the activities of WikiLeaks.

Tuesday's meeting was the first of its kind since a United Nations working group said it believed Mr Assange was being "arbitrarily detained".

"At the meeting with minister Hugo Swire, I made it clear that Ecuador wishes to resolve the situation of Julian Assange, within a framework of respect for the United Nation's International System of Human Rights," Ecuador's ambassador said.

"I expressed our concern, shared by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, that to act in contravention of the UN resolution on the Julian Assange case sets a negative precedent within the international community.

"I was also able to clarify that Ecuador has not stood in the way of the judicial proceedings requested by the Swedish prosecutor who, for her part, has not yet complied with the standard procedures for international judicial co-operation outlined in the recently signed bilateral agreement between Sweden and Ecuador."