OAS secretary general shows support towards Ecuador's Correa
Washington, Sep. 30 (ANDINA). The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, had a telephone conversation today with the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, in which he stated the "full support" of the Organization in the aftermath of the events in his country.
Thousands of Ecuadorians flocked to Plaza de la Independencia to express support for President Rafael Correa. Foto: ANDINA/ Presidencia de Ecuador.
Secretary General Insulza also told President Correa about the special session of the Organization's Permanent Council that is being held to address the situation in Ecuador.
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) began an extraordinary session in which members are to approve a resolution project in order to "decidedly support the constitutional government" of Ecuador.
The Buenos Aires Herald reported that the meeting began at 3:05 pm (local time) and gathered representatives of neighbouring countries belonging to the hemispheric organization, in a meeting convened due to the police and military protests in the Andean country.
The resolution project seeks to "repudiate any intent of altering the democratic institutionalism of Ecuador" and to make "an energetic call to Ecuador's public force and political sectors to avoid any type of violent acts that could generate a situation of political instability."
The meeting began with a review of the events that have occurred in the last few hours in Ecuador on behalf of its ambassador before the OAS, Maria Isabel Salvador, who assured that these "cannot, in any way, be considered as simple union acts or public protests."
The resolution project, which was introduced in the Council by Peruvian Ambassador Hugo de Zela, is cosponsored by 17 Latin American countries and it is believed it is to be immediately approved.
In addition, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Peruvian President Alan Garcia agreed to hold a meeting with UNASUR foreign ministers in Piura, which borders Ecuador, to show support for Rafael Correa's democratic government after the attempted coup d'etat.
"I told Fernández de Kirchner about the idea of meeting with UNASUR foreign ministers in order to show as much support as possible for Ecuador and help in whatever way necessary," said Garcia from the government headquarters after he spoke via telephone with Fernandez de Kirchner.
"This is a painful event," led by the violent groups that still remain active in Latin America, said Garcia.
He also mentioned "the energetic rejection from the part of the Peruvian government towards any institutional rupture."