Archive for June, 2008

Peru recalls ambassador from Bolivia over President Morales’ U.S. military base allegation

Foreign Minister José García Belaunde recalled Peru’s ambassador to Bolivia for consultation Monday to reevaluate diplomatic relations between the two countries after Bolivian President Evo Morales alleged over the weekend that Peru is opening its doors to establish a permanent United States military base. Morales, who made his comment on […]

Hundreds fall sick as Peru’s most active volcano continues to spew toxic gases and ash

Moquegua’s regional Civil Defense Institute is maintaing a yellow alert, indicating that the Ubinas volcano in southwestern Peru could erupt. Since the volcano began to emit acid-laden ash, smoke and toxic gases more than two months ago, hundreds of residents have complained of migraines, conjunctivitis and respiratory infections. “The inhabitants […]

Fujimori’s former spy chief testifies he is innocent of sanctioning death squad

Ex-President Alberto Fujimori’s once-feared intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, testified Monday that his former boss is innocent of charges he sanctioned the Colina group paramilitary death squad. Fujimori, 69, could hardly contain a grin as his former spy chief depicted him as a “courageous” hero who defeated a bloody leftist insurgency […]

Peru military Joint Chiefs commander: coca eradication in cocaine-producing jungle valley “an error”

The head of Peru’s military Joint Chiefs of staff said it would be a mistake to start eradication of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in the Apurímac and Ene river valleys, VRAE, because of the social chaos it would cause among the majority of the poor inhabitants who […]