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Mexico has initiated legal action against Ecuador at the International Court of Justice, stemming from the recent storming of its embassy in Quito. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, seeks Ecuador’s suspension from the United Nations until a public apology is issued, acknowledging the breach of international law. Alicia Barcena, Mexico’s Foreign Minister, emphasized the aim of securing reparations for the moral damage inflicted on Mexico and its citizens during a press conference.

The incursion, which occurred last Friday, involved Ecuadorian security forces entering the embassy premises to apprehend former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Glas, who had been granted asylum by Mexico. This unprecedented violation of diplomatic territory prompted Mexico to sever diplomatic ties with Ecuador and withdraw its diplomatic personnel from the country. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador highlighted the lawsuit’s broader objective of preventing similar incidents globally and ensuring adherence to international law.

In response, Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa defended the embassy raid as necessary to detain Glas, citing concerns of him fleeing. However, the move sparked widespread condemnation, with numerous countries and international bodies expressing solidarity with Mexico. The Hague-based International Court of Justice confirmed receipt of Mexico’s application, while emphasizing the responsibility of member states to address such tensions through dialogue.

Mexico’s application also includes a request for provisional measures to safeguard its diplomatic officials and embassy property in Ecuador, citing ongoing risks of violation. The potential repercussions of the embassy raid extend beyond diplomatic relations, as Latin American leaders plan to discuss the matter and consider condemnation and sanctions during an upcoming virtual conference.

Meanwhile, the situation surrounding Glas remains tense, with reports of his hunger strike and alleged suicide attempt emerging. Amidst the turmoil, former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, living in exile, faces legal action for his social media commentary on the incident. The escalating tensions underscore the complexity of diplomatic disputes and the challenges of resolving them through legal channels while navigating political sensitivities and international alliances.

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