strongQuito, Ecuador/strong: Foreign ministers of South America's 12-nation union on Sunday condemned Britain's threat last week to forcibly enter the Ecuadorean embassy in London and arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
A brief statement by the ministers did not, however, endorse Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to Assange, who is wanted by Sweden for questioning about allegations of sexual misconduct.
The ministers of the UNASUR group issued the statement after they met in Guayaquil, Ecuador, at the host nation's request. The group's general secretary, Ali Rodriguez of Venezuela, said the meeting lasted 20 minutes.
The ministers condemned the threat of the use of force between states and reiterated the right of states to concede asylum, the statement said.
They also urged the parties to follow the path of dialogue and direct negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the impasse. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy for two months and Britain is refusing him safe passage out of the country.
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