Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner says her official visit is “an apology to Peru.”

Isabel Guerra

Alan Garcia and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner meet in Lima, Peru
Alan Garcia, president of Peru, with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, said today that her visit to Peru is “an apology” and “a historical reparation,” regarding the discomfort created between both countries in 1995 when it became known that Argentina’s government was selling arms to Ecuador in the middle of a war with Peru. This is the first official visit to Peru by the Argentine government in 16 years. 

"This is a visit of institutional apology and historical reparation that Argentines were owing to ourselves and to our brothers from Peru," said Fernandez after placing wreaths at the monument to the Liberator San Martin in Lima, according to state news agency Andina.

Fernandez stressed that Argentina can not forget "the unforgettable solidarity of the Government and people of Peru during Las Malvinas war, by sending planes, pilots and missiles," she said, refering to the conflict that this country had with the UK in 1982.

International affairs expert, Javier Mayor, said that Fernandez would be seeking to repair the relationship with Peru by relaunching relationships with key countries, besides seeking Lima Government support for the Argentinian position towards the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands), according to daily newspaper El Comercio.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falklands since 1833, when the British occupied the islands.

(Photo: Efe)

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