Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Open Letter to Dialogue's Michael Shifter -re Ecuador's Lucio Guitiérrez

By Sebastián Albuja-Bayas

Washington D.C, June 17, 2005
Mr. Michael Shifter
Vice President for Policy
Inter-American Dialogue
1211 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Mr. Shifter:

I am writing to you in regard to the Inter American Dialogue’s recent invitation to Lucio Guitiérrez, former president of Ecuador, who has declined political asylum, extended to him by Brazil, and is currently approaching several private, public and international organizations in the United States to pursue his own political agenda.

As an Ecuadorian citizen, I am deeply concerned that Mr. Gutiérrez’ agenda in the U.S. seeks to mislead the international community about the actual political state of affairs in Ecuador. Mr. Gutiérrez’ distorted version of the facts portrays him as a frail victim of a political conspiracy orchestrated by perverse “oligarchic” factions. This is, however, far from true.

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