Celac vs.  OAS?  The political crisis in Peru opens a 'crack' between the countries of the region


Jan 30, 2023 22:58 GMT

The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailed this Monday that its head will arrive in Washington today to hold several meetings.

The Foreign Minister of Peru, Ana Cecilia Gervasi, intensifies the diplomatic agenda that the government of Dina Boluarte seeks to promote since last week, to try to obtain external support and resolve the aggravated political, institutional, social and economic crisis facing the South American country. amid massive anti-government protests that have spanned nearly two months.

The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailed this Monday that Gervasi will arrive today in the US to hold several meetings in Washington, where he will hold “a work visit”which “will make it possible to strengthen the bilateral relationship and promote investment.”

Upon arrival in the US, Gervasi will meet “with senior representatives of the US government”from the Senate, the lower house, civil society organizations and the private sector, as well as with Peruvian businessmen residing in that country.

Gervasi’s trip coincides with a extraordinary session that the OAS Permanent Council will hold this Mondaya body accused by various Latin American governments as “serving” US interests, to address “recent events in the Republic of Peru.”

The call from the OAS, based in Washingtonoccurs after the intervention that Boluarte made last week before that organization, via teleconference, where he obtained the “full support” of the organization and the backing of the US government.

Boluarte’s administration reported on sunday that Gervasi will remain in the US until February 2, as part of the ‘High Level Bilateral Dialogue’ held annually by both countries. With this visit, the Boluarte administration seeks to “strengthen ties and generate greater contact” with the White House.

The visit coincides with growing anti-government protests that have intensified in Peru since last December, together with the criticism that other Latin American countries have made for Boluarte’s response against the demonstrations, which to date have left at least 58 dead and 1,658 injured, according to reports of the Ombudsman.

The questioning of Boluarte also involves the United States, accused of intervening in the internal affairs of Peru, as denounced last week by the protesters who concentrated outside the US embassy in Lima.

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