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Newsline: Peru canceling visas of Venezuelan diplomats at Lima embassy

Peru is canceling the visas of diplomats at the Venezuelan embassy in Lima, and will notify them that they will be in the country illegally starting on March 9, a Peruvian official said on Feb. 26. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-peru/peru-canceling-visas-of-venezuelan-diplomats-at-lima-embassy-official-idUSKCN1QF2HZ) Deputy Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela said in a broadcast interview with radio station RPP that Peru recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s designated ambassador to Peru and will no longer acknowledge embassy officials appointed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Newsline: Venezuelan Embassy In Peru Suspends Consular Services

The Venezuelan Embassy to Lima announced on Wednesday that it was suspending consular services until Peru guarantees security to the mission. According to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, the embassy in Lima was attacked “by a group of bandits who entered the building.” “The Embassy of the Bolivar Republic of Venezuela in Peru informs everyone that consular assistance will be suspended until the host country guarantees due security as stipulated by international agreements,” the embassy said in a statement.


Newsline: Ex-Peru president ensnared in bribe scandal leaves embassy refuge

Alan Garcia, a former president of Peru embroiled in a corruption scandal, left the embassy of Uruguay in Lima on Monday after his request for political asylum was rejected, officials said. “To put it simply, we have not granted the request for asylum,” Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez told a press conference in Montevideo. Vazquez said his government took the decision after reviewing Garcia’s request and documentation submitted by the Peruvian government. Peru’s Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio told the RPP radio station in Lima that he had been informed by the Uruguayan ambassador that Garcia had left the embassy. The 69-year-old Garcia took refuge in the Uruguayan embassy on November 17 after a Peruvian court investigating bribes allegedly paid by Brazilian contractor Odebrecht barred the former president from leaving the country. Garcia, a social democrat who served two separate terms as president, maintained he was the target of political persecution, a charge denied by Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra.


Newsline: Peru ex-President Garcia seeks asylum in Uruguayan embassy

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia entered the Uruguayan embassy and applied for asylum, hours after being banned from leaving the country while under investigation for corruption, the Peruvian foreign ministry said. Garcia entered the embassy and home of the Uruguayan ambassador in a residential Lima neighborhood on Saturday night and requested asylum, according to a statement from the foreign ministry. Garcia “has requested asylum from that country, in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on Diplomatic Asylum of 1954, of which Peru and Uruguay are parties,” the foreign ministry said, adding the request “should be evaluated by the government of Uruguay.” Officials at the Uruguayan embassy did not immediately respond to request for comment. Garcia’s asylum request came hours after a judge ruled on Saturday to prohibit the ex-president from leaving the country for 18 months while under investigation for bribes allegedly received during the construction of an electric train in Lima by Brazilian company Odebrecht. Garcia, who mostly resides in Spain, arrived in Lima on Thursday to testify in the case before a prosecutor, who postponed the hearing and requested the former president be barred from leaving. Garcia held Peru’s presidency twice, from 1985-1990 and again from 2006-2011. It is the second time that Garcia, 69, has sought asylum in a South American country while facing corruption charges. In 1992, Garcia applied for asylum in the Colombian embassy in Lima, while he was being investigated for corruption and illicit enrichment during his first term as president.


Newsline: Peru and Venezuela Expel Each Others Ambassadors

Venezuela has rejected Peru’s decision to withdraw its Ambassador to Lima and said it is obliged to expel the Peruvian Ambassador to Caracas in response. The government issued a statement which criticises the move and adds “The President of the Republic of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has become an enemy of Bolivar’s homeland by continually interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela”. Earlier the Peruvian government announced the expulsion of Ambassador, Diego Molero, giving him a maximum of five days to leave the country. Lima says Caracas had sent an “unacceptable” response following a regional meeting which condemned Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.


Newsline: Peru orders downsizing of North Korean embassy in Lima

Action is in line with UNSC Resolution 2321, follows measures by other states. Peru has instructed the North Korean Embassy in Lima to reduce the number of its credited diplomats pursuant to UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2321, according to its implementation report dated June 28. The move is in line with Paragraph 14 of Resolution 2321, which calls upon UN member states to reduce the number of North Korean diplomats.


Newsline: Peru recalls ambassador from Israel

Peru has recalled its ambassador from Israel, and Israeli officials are none too pleased with the move. An official document was released to communicate that sentiment: “[The nation of] Israel expresses its disappointment at this decision by a friendly country, with whom we have shared more than a half century of good relations.” Peru was not the only Latin American nation to withdraw their ambassador from Israel in recent days. Chile and El Salvador did as well, apparently prompted by Brazil’s earlier decision to do the same. The Jerusalem Press quotes Foreign Ministry representative Yigal Palmor as saying that the decision by Chile, Perú, and El Salvador to withdraw their diplomats “constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognized as a terror organization by many countries around the world.”