Peru’s Prime Minister: U.S. Report on Shining Path threat ‘nothing new’

Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge Del Castillo
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(LIP-jl) — Peru’s Prime Minister Jorge Del Castillo called the information revealed by the U.S. State Department’s Terrorism Report on Peru as ‘nothing new’ to Peruvian authorities. According to the Prime Minister, internal sources have long established a link between Peru’s drug trade and terrorism.

The U.S. State Department’s report alerts over possible growing activities conducted by the Maoist insurgency group the Shining Path.

Del Castillo exuded a ‘tell me something I don’t know’ attitude when asked about the U.S. report which informs about terrorist activities around the world.

"We are positive that our internal evaluations are objective on the matter. We appreciate what the U.S State Department says, but our own reports and investigations led us to this conclusion long ago," declared the Prime Minister.

The Cabinet leader indicated that Peruvian President Alan Garcia’s administration has been studying the issue ever since he took office last year. He cited the execution of the Apurimac and Ene River Valleys Plan (VRAE in Spanish).

The area holds one of the largest concentrations of cocaine maceration wells operated by drug lords and guarded by terrorists factions.

The VRAE Plan has enabled additional military and police posts to be established in the one of Peru’s largest coca-growing areas.

"We are beefing up the presence of our military and law enforcement agencies in places like the High Huallaga region, where police presence has been traditionally low," added Del Castillo.

– related articles –
US. State Department Country Report on Terrorism: Peru (by LIP, 2 May, 2007)