Ecuador Seeks Arrangement for Julian Assange to Leave London Embassy

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Ecuador Seeks Arrangement for Julian Assange to Leave London Embassy

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Ecuador was exploring mediation to solve the stand-off.

The Ecuadorian government has reportedly sought a plan to end Julian Assange's world's longest couch surfing stint record attempt at its London embassy.

"We are considering and exploring the possibility of mediation". No solution will be achieved without worldwide cooperation and without the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a resolution, explained Espinosa.

"We have an enormous interest in finding a definitive solution to the Assange case and for that to happen, we're in a permanent dialogue with the government of the United Kingdom", Espinosa said.

"Even people in detention centers can go out to the yard, play sports", she said.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Espinosa said officials were looking for a third country or a prominent worldwide figure to help extricate Assange from the embassy and move him somewhere else.

Moreno has warned Assange that he must respect asylum conditions and not to get involved in the affairs of other countries.

Ecuador said yesterday it was exploring mediation to solve the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London for five years, and called for cooperation from the United Kingdom and the worldwide community.

Assange has made it clear that it is his duty as a journalist to inform the public, and that he will continue to do so despite warnings from different countries.

Asked by a reporter about Assange's health, Espinosa replied: "How would you feel after 5 1/2 years of being in a small office, without being able to enjoy sunlight and without breathing fresh air?"

Assange also points out that he has no limitations under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951), under which Ecuador granted him asylum.

"We are a country that defends human rights".

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