Ecuador 'ready to set up operating theatre in London's embassy' if Assange falls ill

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 16:59 hrs

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has said that they are ready to set up an operating theatre in its London embassy if Julian Assange needs urgent medical attention

"One thing we have proposed is to have an ambulance parked outside," Patino said.

"What we have said, if such a case should happen, we should be ready to install an operating theatre inside the premises, unless Hague responds, as he promised in the next few days, that he [Assange] would be able to go to a hospital," he added.

According to the Guardian, Patino's remarks came after he met his British counterpart, William Hague, to ask about contingency plans should Assange fall ill.

Hague reportedly told Ricardo Patino that he would consult officials and lawyers and respond within a few days.

A British official, however, commented, 'the Ecuadoreans should have thought of that before they granted him asylum.'

The official added that British police were under obligation to arrest Assange as soon as he stepped out of the embassy.

According to the paper, Patino had said that the Australian government had offered to help organise Assange's healthcare during an indefinite stay in an embassy apartment, given the diplomatic impasse over his fate. (ANI)

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