The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso,
sent a very harsh letter to his counterpart Alberto Fernández
, in protest of the escape from the Argentine embassy in Quito of a former official who was wanted by the Ecuadorian justice for a process of corruption.
The letter, of six paragraphs, has a toughness that is difficult to find in this type of communication between presidents, and refers to the letter that Fernández had previously sent to Lasso.
"Among Heads of State
there is no room for the condescension that you show
when suggesting that my decision to declare your former ambassador persona non grata could have been taken without sufficient reflection and recommending that I 'correct the error'", says Lasso.
In this case, he refers to the decision to expel the Argentine ambassador in Quito Gabriel Fuks, accused by Ecuador of allowing María de los Angeles Duarte Pesantes
to leave the embassy
, a former correista official convicted of corruption who spent more than two years in the Argentine embassy in Quito as a guest and last week
he appeared with the Argentine ambassador in Caracas
, Oscar Laborde.
This Tuesday, Fernández had released a letter in which he told Lasso: "The excessive reaction of the President to expel the Argentine ambassador is what truly hurts the relationship of our peoples."
The Ecuadorian did not stay in that punctual criticism.
"Generating an incident by putting the ideology of your officials ahead of what our peoples need is a real mistake," he considered, adding: "
You should not have authorized the granting of political asylum to a person sentenced by the Ecuadorian justice
, because This is expressly prohibited by Article III of the Caracas Convention, even when they wanted to give it 'a humanitarian character'".
Giving a safe-conduct to that person is not legal
. Collaborating in the escape of a fugitive from Justice
contributes to impunity
, an evil that affects the region, and which deserves the main attention and response from our governments.
Fighting corruption will never be 'political persecution,'"
Lasso says in his letter.
The harsh letter from Alberto Fernández to the president of Ecuador: "It really hurts the bond between the countries"