The Republic’s lawyers are aware of today’s decision by Judge Kaplan, though it will take considerable time to carefully review the lengthy decision. To be clear, the Republic is not a party to that action; it has never been a party to that action; and it has not participated in that action. The Republic is involved in its own, separate dispute with Chevron in which it has the right to be heard and will ensure that its interests are vigorously protected.
As the Republic continues to comply with all its legal and human rights responsibilities, it notes that today’s ruling explicitly does not exonerate Chevron from its own legal and moral responsibilities resulting from its decades of contamination of the rainforest that has endangered the lives, culture, and environment of countless poor, indigenous people.
March 4, 2014
Embassy of Ecuador