The government of Ecuador reached an agreement on 14 October with leaders of the protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead. The deal, which included the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, is a retreat for the government of President Lenín Moreno and a victory for the protesters.

The European Union welcomed the agreement in a declaration issued by its foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, in which it reminded that social protest within the law is legitimate, but should remain peaceful and the response by law enforcement bodies proportionate.

“The EU encourages the continuation of negotiations within the country’s political and democratic institutions towards an agreement that reconciles the social needs of the population with the necessities of the ongoing economic reform process. Such an agreement would help the country to overcome the current polarization and return to stable political and economic conditions”, the EU stated, while also expressing readiness to continue supporting the country’s government and people in upholding the constitutional order and pursuing the process of reforms.