Ecuador tells US to leave base

Rafael Correa, the Ecuadorean president, had long opposed US military presence.

    Correa has said repeatedly that the agreement
    would not be renewed [AFP]

    Ecuador's foreign ministry said it had formally notified the US embassy of the decision and and the withdrawal of foreign personnel from the Ecuadorean air force base would end in November.

    'No alternative base'

    US military officials have said that it is not planning to set up an alternative to the base in either neighbouring Colombia or in Peru.

    The US government has also previously said that it would respect Ecuador's decision over the future of the base.

    A draft constitution backed by Correa and recently approved by a special assembly, abolishes any foreign military bases on Ecuadorean soil.

    However, the draft charter must still be approved by voters in a referendum.

    Ecuador produces little cocaine itself but is often used as a transit country for drugs sent from Colombia and Peru - the world's top two cocaine producers to the US.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.