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Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Assange standoff

AFP  |  Quito 

is seeking a "third country or a personality" to mediate a final settlement with to resolve the future of founder Julian Assange, the said today.

said the South American country was "considering and exploring the possibility of mediation" to end the "untenable" five-year impasse.

Assange moved into Ecuador's embassy in in 2012 to avoid arrest over now-dropped Swedish rape charges. He remains over fears he will be extradited to the and put on trial for publishing leaked secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

"No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out," she told foreign correspondents in

It is the first time has proposed mediation to resolve the case.

Swedish prosecutors initially wanted Assange extradited to face the sexual assault allegations, but they dropped their investigation into him in May 2017. However, he still faces arrest by for violating the terms of his 2012 bail.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 01:15 IST