UN Mission Describes Sept. 30 Events in Ecuador as Serious

Quito, Jan 19. -A UN special mission described the events that took place in Ecuador on September 30, 2010, as serious for the destabilization of democracy.The UN assistance secretary general for political affairs, Oscar Fernandez, expressed in those terms in this capital, where the repercussion of those events for the country is under investigation at the request of President Rafael Correa.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Correa demanded an investigation into the police uprising and the coup attempt against the constitutional government on September 30, 2010, when six people were killed and 250 were wounded. The UN envoy expressed satisfaction with his meeting with Correa on Wednesday, and announced that he will issue a press release on the preliminary inquiry.

Since arriving to Ecuador this week, the UN representative has met with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Heritage Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa. The objective of the meetings was to exchange with the main institutional actors, politicians and other representatives of civil society.

The UN mission will investigate whether there was an attempt to break the constitutional order, and whether there is the slightest hint that the Government has sought to conceal information or delete any evidence from that day. (Prensa Latina)