statement to Parliament.
Having met at Washington DC on 24th August 2012 to consider the situation between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, the Organisation of American States (OAS) Meeting of Foreign Ministers has issued a Press release and a Resolution was passed. The key points in the Resolution are:
1. To reiterate the full validity of the principles and standards that
govern diplomatic relations among states, especially those that concern
full respect for the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic
missions and consular offices, as recognized in the 1961 Vienna
Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on
2. To reaffirm that those principles and standards constitute
fundamental rules for ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all the
countries that comprise the international community.
3. To reiterate the full validity of the principles enshrined in
international law, such as respect for sovereignty, faithful compliance
with international treaties, peaceful settlement of disputes, peaceful
coexistence among states, and rejection of the threat or use of force to
4. To reject any attempt that might put at risk the inviolability of the
premises of diplomatic missions, to reiterate the obligation / of all
states not to invoke provisions of their domestic law to justify
noncompliance with their international obligations, and, in this
context, to express its solidarity and support for the Government of the
Republic of Ecuador.
5 To urge the Governments of Ecuador and the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland to continue to engage in dialogue in order
to settle their current differences in accordance with international
law, taking into account the statements made recently by authorities of
6. To entrust the Permanent Council with the due follow-up of this matter.