Peru has recalled its ambassador to Israel, Jose Salinas, for consultation in Lima on the renewed military operations in the Middle East.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Foreign Relations Ministry said “Peru has followed recent developments in the Middle East with extreme concern and deeply laments the breaking of the cease fire with new military operations by Israel over Gaza, which have caused the loss of human lives that now total more than one thousand victims, many of them civilian, women and children.”
The statement added that Peru supports the work of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and the call he has made to all sides of the conflict to guarantee the security of United Nations installations in the area and of the people who seek refuge in them.
According to UN data, some 173,000 Gaza residents (10% of the population) have sought refuge in UN mission facilities.
The Israeli government has responded, expressing its disappointment for “the decision of the government of a friendly country”, with which it shares more than half a century of bilateral relations, an intense agenda of cooperation, and a significant presence of Israeli investments.”
Peru’s decision was announced at the same time that Chile also announced it was recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv. Brazil and Ecuador took the same step a few days ago, while Bolivia has taken a stronger ideological stance and broken relations with Israel.