Ecuador and Britain are still at loggerheads over the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after ministers failed to reach an agreement during talks.
Foreign Secretary William Hague met his Ecuadorian countrpart Ricardo Patino at the United Nations in New York, who declared after the meeting: “We see no immediate solution.”
Mr Assange has been in Ecuador’s London Embassy since June as part of his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about alleged sex offences.
He fears being sent to the United States to face interrogation over the whistle-blowing website.
The Australian has been granted political asylum by Ecuador, but faces arrest if he leaves the embassy building.
Mr Hague’s spokesman said: “The Foreign Secretary told Minister Patino that the UK was under an obligation to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden.
“The concept of ‘diplomatic asylum’, while well-established in Latin America, did not feature in UK law.