EU celebrates agreement reached in Ecuador

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Ecuadorian government and Conaie discuss new decree on fuel subsidies.

The European Union (EU) urged Ecuador to continue negotiating to achieve a “reconciliation” agreement after protests that ended Sunday left at least seven dead and hundreds injured.

“The EU encourages continuing negotiations within the country’s political and democratic institutions towards an agreement that reconciles the social needs of the population with the ongoing process of economic reforms,” said the EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini in a statement.

During a televised forum on Sunday, the government and CONAIE leaders discussed a replacement for Decree 883 that did away with the 40-year old fuel subsidy. The decree was eventually scrapped by President Lenin Moreno and the two sides agreed to draw up a replacement decree together mediated by the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference and the United Nations in Ecuador.

“Such an agreement would help the country overcome the current polarization and return it to stable political and economic conditions,” added Mogherini.

Sources: teleSUR, EFE, Prensa Latina.

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