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Ecuador is no hurry over Julian Assange as ambassador leaves London for talks...

• http://www.independent.co, Jerome Taylor

Initial signs coming out of the country last week suggested a decision over Mr Assange’s request for sanctuary would be made swiftly with both president Rafael Correa and the a foreign minister Ricardo Patino making positive comments in public about the Australian-born campaigner’s plight.

But according to a statement posted on the London embassy’s website yesterday talks look set to drag on. Ambassador Anna Alban flew back to Quito over the weekend for talks with foreign ministry officials and the president as the Latin America country weighs up the diplomatic pros and cons of supporting Mr Assange’s request at the risk of angering Britain, Sweden and the United States.

“Ecuador presently finds itself in a unique situation and it is important that those responsible making the final decision on Mr Assange’s application are fully briefed on all aspects of the present situation,” the statement read.  

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