Maisto: Ecuadorian Political Situation
Ecuadorian Political Situation
Ambassador John F. Maisto, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States
Remarks at the OAS Permanent Council Meeting
April 20, 2005
Throughout the continuing political situation in Ecuador, the U.S. Government has repeatedly called for constructive dialogue. Through private discussions and public statements, the U.S. has urged political parties, politicians, and civil society to put aside partisan and regional differences and work together in order to find solutions that strengthen Ecuador's democratic institutions consistent with the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
We were encouraged to see the Ecuadorian Congress convened on Sunday in order to find a solution to the country's judicial problems. Progress has been made, but much work remains to be done in order to build a genuinely independent judicial branch of government.
The United States, as well as the other members of the hemisphere and international community firmly supports Ecuador's democracy, which includes all of its institutions, from the Congress to the judicial system to the Presidency.
Ecuador is a country of enormous potential. We continue to urge the government, opposition political parties, and all Ecuadorians to engage in open and respectful dialogue in order to resolve differences, consolidate Ecuador's democracy and achieve stability. It is important to resolve peacefully these issues as soon as possible so that the people of Ecuador can return their attention to the many opportunities that are available to further the country's economic and social development.