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International Relations | July 27, 2011 [ 10:06 ]

Peru’s next foreign minister, on relations with Chile

Rafael Roncagliolo (Photo: El Comercio/Archive )
Rafael Roncagliolo, Peru’s next Foreign Minister, has spoken about relations between Peru and Chile.

He was quoted in El Comercio, where he highlighted his meeting with the Chilean Foreign Minister, whom he considers "a concerned person, who has an attitude of dialogue and does not encourage unnecessary antagonism. "

"By going to the Hague, what we are looking for is peaceful understanding, avoid lawsuits and verbal arguments. Peru has taken the position of a modern civilized nation to go to court. Resolve conflicts by means of right reason, not force," he said, regarding the maritime dispute between the two countries, which is currently under arbitration at the International Court of Justice, in The Hague.

Roncagliolo also referred to the Chilean military spending, which he called "disproportionate" in relation to neighboring nations.

"When a country develops a quite disproportionate military capacity compared to their neighbors, others are right to worry. That is the situation we face. Yes, we should worry. Chile's military spending is disproportionate to the neighbors. That is why Peru, in UNASUR [Union of South American Nations] is promoting transparency and a reduction of military spending. There are more important things you must invest in Latin America, "he said.

"All countries must have a credible military defense, and Peru has not maintained one like this," he said.

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