|Ena Von Baer defended Piñera’s visit to Peru: "The president conducts foreign affairs." (Photo: La Tercera )|
Chile’s General Secretary of Government, Ena von Baer, responded to president Piñera’s political adversaries who have harshly criticized his official visit to Peru this week, reported Chilean daily La Tercera.
“These criticisms are a bit unusual because in Chile, traditionally, it is the president who conducts foreign affairs. They’re state policies and we have always acted in unison when it comes to foreign diplomacy,” said von Baer.
Piñera was subject of harsh criticism due to his recent official visit to Peru, last Thursday.
Peru started a lawsuit against Chile in 2008, over a border dispute of 35,000 km2 of valuable fishing waters. The case is currently being seen in the International Court in The Hague, Holland.
Soledad Alvear, Chile’s former Foreign Affairs Minister and current senator for the Christian Democratic Party, has spearheaded these criticisms.
“A presidential visit under these circumstances was not adequate, in this precise moment and how it was made,” she said.
Likwise, Juan Pablo Letelier, senator for the Socialist Party and member of the Foreign Affairs Commission in the Chilean Congress, said that the Foreign Affairs Ministry should “offer an explanation” about Piñera’s visit to Peru.
"The president’s visit to Lima was not a prudent decision due to the actual context of Chile and Peru’s relationship,” said the senator yesterday to a local Chilean radio.