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"No progress" in Assange London talks

Published måndag 17 juni 2013 kl 15.34
British Foreign Secretary and his Ecuadorian counterpart Ricardo Patino at their meeting about Julian Assange, Photo: AFP PHOTO / FCO /Scanpix

The British Foreign Office says talks between Britain and Ecuador ended Monday with no progress on the impasse over the fate of Julian Assange.

The Wikileaks founder has been holed up inside Ecuador’s embassy in London for almost a year, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about sex assault charges.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his Ecuadorian counterpart Ricardo Patino met Monday morning. But according to a Foreign Office statement during the 45 minute meeting “no substantive progress was made” although they did agree that “officials should establish a working group to find a diplomatic solution”.

Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador, but if he leaves the embassy, the British police say they take him into custody. Assange and the visiting Ecuadorian foreign minister met at the embassy for around one hour on Sunday.

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