Ecuador Refuses to Participate in U.S. Maneuvers

The following article is excerpted from Granma International.

(QUITO, May 2) Ecuador confirmed this Wednesday its refusal to participate in the UNITAS 2007 maneuvers because of an unacceptable attitude on the part of the U.S..

A statement from the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry revealed that this nation does not accept impositions and negations of control with respect to the entry of U.S. troops in maritime waters in order to carry out these exercises.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Ecuador has withdrawn from the exercises due to the fact that the United States failed to respond to its request that foreign vessels send a protocol signal on entering its territorial waters on the southern border with Peru.

A request such as this adheres to the protocol observed by these countries in 2003 when staging the operations.

These problems have prompted Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to endorse the decision to suspend participation in the maneuvers.