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Response to MADem (Reply #42)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:21 PM

46. Perhaps you responded in the wrong place? Or perhaps you misunderstood my post?

Everything I said is based on the international treaties governing embassies, ambassadors and their families, and embassy staff.

You seem to believe that Ecuador's London embassy is regarded as Ecuadorian territory.It's not: it's regarded as UK territory, but under the existing international law certain immunities and privileges extend to the embassy, the ambassador, and (to a lesser degree) perhaps to some embassy staff

These immunities and privileges do not remove the obligations of embassies, ambassadors and their families, and embassy staff to respect the laws of their host countries, though they do substantially limit enforcement options of the host countries: to enter embassy premises, or to arrest ambassadors or their family members, typically requires consent of the country whose embassy it is

But no provision requires the host country to tolerate illegal activities on embassy premises, by ambassadors or their family members, or by embassy staff. If illegal activities occur on embassy premises, or that ambassadors or their family members or embassy staff violate the laws of the host countries, the situation is in clear contravention of the obligation to follow host country law, explicitly noted in the international instruments

This is generally true, without any reference to the peculiar UK law produced by the 1985 Libyan embassy crisis: nothing I have said, here or or in my prior post, depends on the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987. Ecuador's London embassy is simply not regarded as Ecuadorian territory under international law: it remains the territory of the UK, subject to certain immunities and privileges

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