Events in Ecuador

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 1, 2010
Supporters of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Protest Against Police

On September 30, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton commented on the situation in Ecuador. The Secretary said, "We are closely following events in Ecuador. The United States deplores violence and lawlessness and we express our full support for President Rafael Correa, and the institutions of democratic government in that country. We urge all Ecuadorians to come together and to work within the framework of Ecuador's democratic institutions to reach a rapid and peaceful restoration of order."

The U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador provides information regarding the services which are available to American Citizens in Ecuador. On October 1, U.S. Embassy Quito issued this statement:

"The protests associated with yesterday's crisis have subsided. Reports indicate that police are returning to work today, October 1. The airports in Guayaquil and Quito have reopened, but there are few international flights at this time. Please contact your airline carrier for the most up-to-date information.

"...Roads appear to be open, although traffic is generally light. If leaving the home is necessary, American citizens are advised to take caution and be aware of the situation around you.

'The U.S. Embassy in Quito is open today, and it is anticipated that the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil will re-open shortly. The U.S. Embassy recommends continuing to monitor Ecuadorian news outlets for any updates. We will also continue to provide new information as warranted."

Americans living or traveling in Ecuador are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Ecuador through the Department of State's travel registration website.

The U.S. Embassy in Quito is located at Avigiras E12-170 y Eloy Alfaro. The telephone number for American Citizen Service (ACS) inquiries is (011 593-2) 398-5000. Within the same city use the last seven digits. Add the city code for intercity telephone calls.

U.S. citizens should consult the Country Specific Information for Ecuador and the latest Travel Alerts and Warnings and Worldwide Caution at the Department's travel.state.gov website. Updated information on travel and security in Ecuador may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or by calling 1-202-501-4444 outside the United States.

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