Notwithstanding a section of their constitution banning foreign military bases, Ecuador is allowing the US to set up a base in Galapagos:
Ecuador has agreed to allow US military planes to operate from an airport on the Galapagos Islands, reports say.
US aircraft will be able to use San Cristobal airport, Ecuador’s defence minister Oswaldo Jarrin has been quoted as saying.
They will “fight drug trafficking” under a deal with Ecuador’s government, Mr Jarrin said.
The reported deal has prompted concerns over the potential impact on the environment and Ecuador’s sovereignty.
Legislators in Ecuador’s parliament have called on Mr Jarrin and environment minister Marcelo Mata to explain the scope of co-operation with the US in the islands.
They have asked them to elaborate on proposals to extend the runway at San Cristobal airport, daily El Universo reports.
Lawmaker Marcela Cevallos said the plan would be alarming for conservationists, it reported.
Opposition congressman Carlos Viteri said the agreement with the US was “unacceptable” and should be prohibited if “it intends to cede an inch of Ecuadorian territory”.
Under Article 5 of Ecuador’s constitution, the country is “a territory of peace” and the “establishment of foreign military bases or foreign facilities for military purposes shall not be allowed”.
Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa also reacted angrily, tweeting (in Spanish) that the island was “not an aircraft carrier” for the Americans.
Mr Jarrin assured critics that “there will be no permanence of anyone” on the island.
He said any modifications to the airfield would be paid for by the US, Telesur reported.
So, the US will pay to modify airfield, potentially destroying hundreds of acres of habitat on San Cristobal, but it’s not a base.
This is manifest destiny Monroe Doctrine bullsh%$.